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Description: Former cabinet secretary George B. Cortelyou (1862-1940) scratched his signature at the bottom of this brief, thoughtful letter on the definition of business in 1930. He writes in part, “Business is a word of so many meanings that it is not possible to include all of them in a single generalization… In recent years, business has come to be associated more and more with the idea of service, in the sense that it undertakes to follow its products through to the ultimate consumer in order that he may obtain from them their maximum use and benefit.”

George B. Cortelyou served in President Theodore Roosevelt’s cabinet as Secretary of Commerce and Labor, Postmaster General, and Secretary of the Treasury.

Typed on an 11″ x 8 1/2″ sheet of stationery imprinted: “4 Irving Place New York”. Item #A01493

Condition: Mailing fold lines, light perimeter toning, vertical lines from the bleed-through of mounting remnants on verso. Overall good condition with a large, bold signature.