Property of the Brooklyn Historical Society, sold to benefit the collections fund
["CHANG AND ENG"]. BUNKER, Chang and Eng (1811-1874). Autograph letter signed ("Chang Eng"), to N. B. Blunt, 31 May 1835. 1 page, 8vo, integral address leaf, some age-toning, remnants of tipping on verso.
"WE WERE IN SUCH CONFUSION YESTERDAY...", the famous Siamese twins write Blunt, an attorney, "that we had not an opportunity of saying to you how grateful we feel for having done that which has relieved our minds very much. May we request of you to accept from us a few cigars which we have directed to be sent with this. We wish we had something to offer you more worthy of your acceptance." The Siam born twins, joined at the sternum, gave the term "Siamese twins" to the English language. Discovered by an Englishman, they took westernized names, became international celebrities and toured with P.T. Barnum as medical curiosities. In 1839 they decided to settle on a North Carolina plantation and became slave-owners. They married and raised children (22 between them!). AUTOGRAPH LETTERS BY THE TWINS ARE RARE. None have appeared at auction in the last 40 years.