2 pages (front and back), 8 x 5 inches, Utica, September 17, 1852. Written at the height of his philanthropic activities promoting Catholicism to Thomas Hill Hubbard, an American lawyer, judge, and Congressman who was also a founder of Hamilton College and Hamilton Academy in Clinton, New York. In this letter, Devereux is voicing his displeasure with certain business practices, in small part: "I intend going West sometime next week...the later part, and be absent some weeks. Msrs. Dudley are not as frank as their friends represent them. They now rent the house for us to have a large balance against. My friends here care to either act as agents to Mr. McKenny and be subject to all the difficulties they had to contend with...but if the business of the company is managed in other places - I have no desire to continue as a stockholder - however small..." Natural folds; very good(+) condition.
Irish born American financier, entrepreneur, and land-owner who purchased 417,970 acres of land in upstate New York, including present day Allegheny County. A staunch Roman Catholic, Devereux traveled to Rome in 1854 and persuaded the Franciscans to come to Western New York and start a mission. He would provide the land and money. The Franciscans agreed and St. Bonaventure University was officially established in 1858. Devereux and Hubbard were friends and business partners who got along well despite their differences in religious beliefs. However, letters in the collection of the New York Historical Society reveal that Devereux sometimes felt that Hubbard failed to act accordingly when the later perceived that religious bias was used in various business transactions.