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Harris C. Fahnestock Collection
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Mss 781 1852-1914 F223
Volume 8

Harris C. Fahnestock was a banker in New York City, New York, during the second half of the nineteenth century. His letter books contain correspondence with female family members whose finances he managed.

In a letter to Emily A. Ward, also of New York City, he agreed to finance her "school enterprise." He wrote that he and his wife were impressed by her businesslike manner and that they were thus compelled to offer her financial assistance. The letter includes advice, suggesting that she not be too frugal with personal expenses so that she will not be overwhelmed by her new venture.

His letters written between 1887 and 1888 to his cousin, Mrs. Rion, relate to her late husband's estate and to the sale of their plantation in South Carolina. He advised her on getting the estate out of debt and about writing a will of her own.

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