Learning new show-business tricks in Germany, Barnum promises: "I will yet astonish the Americans"
ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, November 18, 1873. Handwritten letter to his publisher, asking that "one German copy & one English copy of my book" be sent to several individuals in Germany, giving their addresses. He continues, in part: "My health is gradually improving. Fear we can't use many of my books next season on account of panic…I hope by fate to get to London from Italy & there lick my new book into shape—but may not publish it next year." He adds two postscripts on the integral leaf, both signed with his initial "B.," in part: "I am picking up a world of information in the show business, from results of which I will yet astonish the Americans…If Gorham has not sent me a statement of books on hand I hope you will do so. I'll write another Appendix if there is probability of our needing more books next spring." In very good to fine condition, with light soiling to the first page.