The Old Merchants of New York City Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...then merely the Portuguese consul, but now the full Minister of Portugal. The store of Low, Harriman & Co. was in William street, opposite the Exchange. They had a counting-room, and a private office attached. When any one called on business connected with the Portuguese consulate, (captains of vessels, or merchants with papers to be certified, ) Mr. Figaniere would retire into the private office, where he kept his uniform, sword and cocked hat, and array himself in the paraphernalia of Portugal--then come out with all the dignity of a King's representative, sign th paper, administer the oath, attach the seal of Portugal and take his fees. He would then undress and resume his old office coat, and return to private life as bookkeeper. Yet who is there in our midst that does not rejoice that we have such a man as this De la Figaniere among us? He is an honor to the merchant class. When De la Figaniere was elevated from consul tc Minister Extraordinary, his successor as consul was first his son Henry, who had been vice consul; then the latter was succeeded by Mr. Phillip N. Searle; and still later by a Mr. Santos. As the latter gentleman resides in Portugal he has a vice consul at No. 92 Pearl street, L. E. Amsinck. The latter is one of the most remarkable men, as well as merchants, in town. Probably he is not yet thirty-five years of age. He represents a class of our great merchants who handle almost fabulous amounts, do an enormous mercantile business, have combinations extending throughout the commercial world, and connections going far back into the past, from one hundred and fifty to two hundred years. Of course, such a mercantile house must have its head in one of the old commercial cities of Europe. There are many such houses here, or...
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