April 1865 Letter to Photographer Charles D. Fredericks from Business Partner Henry A. Avery - "Grant and his army in full pursuit of Lee"

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April 1865 Letter to Photographer Charles D. Fredericks from Business Partner Henry A. Avery - "Grant and his army in full pursuit of Lee"

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Item No. 6134959

A very interesting April 1865 letter written to noted photographer Charles D. Fredericks, then operating his studio in Havana, Cuba. It was written by Fredericks’s business partner Henry A. Avery, who operated their Broadway studio in New York. Fredericks’s New York studio was famous for its variety of cartes de visite during the Civil War. In the letter, Avery informed Fredericks that “Richmond, Petersburg, and almost every other place south is in possession of the government and Grant and his army in full pursuit of Lee who is retreating on the run leaving all sorts of things behind him.” Avery further wrote, “The war is almost finished and peace will no doubt soon be established.” The letter also included an update on the falling price of gold and the outlook for their business going forward. The letter reads:

New York April 5 1865

Friend Charles,
Your favor of 25th March came to hand in due course of mail and enclosed please find invoice of all you have ordered except the 13th frames which you will get by next steamer. The silver and slides go by the Purser. Since my last gold has met with a further downward action and closed at 147 yesterday. Richmond, Petersburg, and almost every other place south is in possession of the government and Grant and his army in full pursuit of Lee who is retreating on the run leaving all sorts of things behind him. The war is almost finished and peace will no doubt soon be established. I am very sorry that you have not sent forward more exchange than you have because it would have made many more dollars for C.D.F.H. than in my opinion you will have the chance again to make. I am pleased that you find the platina bath so satisfactory and note your views about communicating the fact to our customers. I shall look for Mr Davies as you indicate about 20th inst. I am very sorry about the camera box but you do not say send you another. I think you will find the passports now sent all right. I enclose you one of the several notes for your “Life Insurance.” Please sign it and send back by return mail. One of the boxes in your lot of four belongs to Mr. L. Carricature please have him pay his share. Enclosed is the invoice of same.

I am sorry that you are not very well and I am also far from being well. The fluctuations in events has changed the mercantile matters of the country so much that all business feels it and our of course sensibly. Still we are not losing money. Stock moves very slow but notwithstanding a decline of nearly 100 prct in gold goods are not sold at a loss when they are sold. I think that we shall do a air business during the season and less a losing one than I have heretofore believed. Still I fear we cannot make and money. I am pleased that your business continues good.
I send your statement of ours for March and by next mail will send you a/c current to 1st inst. All well
Your friend
H. A. Avery

The letter was written on the front and back of a 8” x 10” stationery sheet and is in excellent condition. There is a rough left edge where this sheet was removed from its twin. Some minor toning and a couple spots on the reverse where adhesive from the envelope appear to have attached to the paper. Creased where originally folded.

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