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Friday, 30 September 2016

Fascinating old receipt unearthed

Spotted on Instagram —  The Pierpont Morgan library recently uploaded this fine engraved receipt from Henry Sotheran & Co., dated February 27th, 1900, detailing a sale made by Sotheran’s to the American banker, financier and collector John Pierpont Morgan of the original manuscript of Walter Scott’s “St. Ronan’s Well”, which he purchased from us for the princely sum of £700.   His library was made a public institution, in 1924, by his son J.P. Morgan, Jr., as a memorial to his father.

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