Jay Cooke: Financier of the Civil War

Jay Cooke: Financier of the Civil War

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Jay Cooke: Financier of the Civil War

Jay Cooke: Financier of the Civil War

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Few introductory explanations and no excuses are required for a biography of Jay Cooke. Soon after the death of the great financier in February, 1905, the letters and papers which he had so carefully and methodically preserved for some future compiler of the records of his life, were placed in my hands by his children,-- Jay Cooke, Jr., Mrs. Charles D. Barney, Mrs. John M. Butler, and Rev. Henry E. Cooke. I have tried to be a reverent custodian of them. They filled several old wooden chests at "Eildon," the home of his daughter, Mrs. Barney, near Philadelphia, where he had so long resided in his last years, after the snows had fallen upon his hair and beard and he was at leisure to ponder the world and its affairs, and to await the summons to another world into which he always looked so confidently. Indeed, much of my work was done in the large room which he occupied and in which he died. Still more chests were found in the basement of the Philadelphia banking house of Charles D. Barney and Company, where Mr. Cooke had had a desk for many years. These rich sources of material have been supplemented by the Records of the Treasury Department at Washington; the large and valuable collection of Chase letters, recently acquired by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; many letters to his brother, Henry D. Cooke, kindly supplied by the latter's daughter, Mrs.

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