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Abbott, James (1838–1888)

A letter was received in Brooklyn yesterday from Justice Moses Levy of Mohave County, Arizona, stating that a man had been found dead there, and that lying beside him was found a carpet bag in which was a paper describing him as James Abbott, formerly of Brooklyn. On the paper were the names of his five children and a request to send his effects to the Butler-Street Institute for Friendless Children, or to the Children’s Aid Society of New-York. No effects were discovered, however. Abbott formerly lived at 11 Johnson-street, Brooklyn, and was regarded as of no account. He and his family lived on the charity of the Rev. S. B. Halliday and others. Frequently his children were taken away by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children because they were badly treated. Abbott was a fraud, who represented that he had been ruined by the Chicago fire and wanted to become a minister. The Mayflower Mission cared for him, under this belief, for a long time.

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  • New York Times, 27 December 1888

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'Abbott, James (1838–1888)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/abbott-james-29401/text36412, accessed 13 December 2019.

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