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H. A. W. and Elizabeth McCourt "Baby Doe" Tabor. Washington, D.C.: A. Brentano & Co., 1883.
A rare original wedding announcement for the larger-than-life wedding of rags-to riches silver multi-millionaire Horace Tabor to twenty-two year old Elizabeth B. McCourt, who was known by Leadville, Colorado miners, and later the world, as "Baby Doe." Both were divorced, and had previously married in a secret ceremony, but Horace, who was serving as senator in Washington, lavished tens of thousands on creating a grand spectacle in the capital. Numerous statesmen, and even President Chester Arthur, attended the affair at the Willard Hotel, a Catholic priest presiding (Lizzie was Catholic), who had been kept unaware that they were both divorced and had also previously married. Many high society Washingtonians chose to boycott the event. The repeal of the Sherman Act ten years later meant the ruin of silver men like Tabor, and his empire crumbled.
The announcement measures 3.5 x 4.5", the lettering in silver with thick silver border, thought to be real silver. With the original envelope, which bears the Brentano imprint along one flap.