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A casual view of America: the home letters of Salomon de Rothschild 1859-1861

Stanford University Press Stanford CA 1961 136pp.

Salomon James de Rothschild Translated and edited by Sigmund Diamond


A translated edition of the bound copy of Salomon de Rothschild’s American correspondence in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. In these years preceding the American civil war, Salomon was in the United States on Rothschilds’ business. His letters home give a bemused and sharply observed account of American political, economic and social life. His stay encompassed the elections of 1860, the visit of the Prince of Wales, the first international prize fight, the arrival of the first official Japanese embassy to the United States, and the outbreak of civil war.

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