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Cooper signed this dated manuscript document in New York in 1836 to acknowledge that he had received an $8.32 payment from William Conley for merchandise received.
Manuscript document signed "Received Payment/Peter Cooper", 1 page, 7¾x2¾ mounted to 8x3¼ sheet of paper. New York, March 21, 1836. According to this document, which is either a receipt or part of an accounting record, William Conley paid Cooper $8.32 for merchandise received. We're not what this merchandise was; it's listed as a part or inventory number on this document. Cooper (1791-1883, born in New York City) designed and built the first American locomotive, named Tom Thumb, in 1830; was the promoter and financial backer of Cyrus Field in the laying of the Atlantic cable; and founded Cooper Union in New York City (1859) "for the advancement of science and art". The school is still giving free courses in science, chemistry, electricity, engineering and art. In 1876, Cooper was the Greenback party nominee for President, receiving 81,737 votes out of 8.4 million votes cast. Very fragile. Lightly toned, spoiled, stained and creased. Vertical separation in middle of document, which touches signature. Tape repairs to separation. Edges are ragged and torn. Tape remnants in upper right and lower left corner. Folded once horizontally and six times vertically. Mounting paper has irregular edges and mounting remnant in lower right corner, plus adhesive remnants and paper loss on verso (no show-through). Otherwise in fine condition.

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