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The Death of Colonel Ellsworth. Four-page letter headed "NW Wall St. New York May 24 1861, from a L.W. Gilbert to a friend in Maine: "I can give you no news that you do not get from the newspapers, unless it may be about my own affairs. I fear that the fight between the north & the south has commenced today. Col. Ellsworth with his Fire Zouaves went early this morning to Alexandria to take possession of Custom House &c. when he was shot dead by a Secessionists who in turn was killed on the spot. What the effect of this will be I cannot even guess; but as Co. E. was a pet with Lincoln I fear that terrible results may follow." He also notes, "I had hoped that we could avoid having a conflict until Congress meets in July, & that there some effort would be made to put a stop to all this terrible work. It may be so still; but I fear we must have some fighting." The balance of the letter discusses Gilbert's money woes, and most likely reflects Wall Street nervousness in general, with his finances tied up in southern securities ("I might about as well be propertyless so far as raising money is concerned.") Includes original transmittal envelope with 3c Dull Red (26) tied by bold "New-York May 24" cds and grid duplex, Fine, a rare and very early account of Col. Ellsworth's murder, dated the day of his death - most likely the earliest such report from New York City

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