[St. Louis: 1837?]. 15pp, stitched, uncut. Untitled. Clean and Near Fine.
The rare printed will of this American Catholic philanthropist, an immigrant from Ireland who made a fortune buying and then selling cotton during and after the War of 1812. Mullanphy settled in St. Louis, where he endowed many Catholic charities; and established a trust for poor emigrants passing through St. Louis to settle in the West. Among many provisions, he provides for "a mulatto child called Fanny," age about four years and living with him, freeing her at age 18. He solemnly swears that she is not his daughter. Mullanphy found time to sire fifteen children, one of whom became Mayor of St. Louis. Under two accession numbers, OCLC records copies only at the Huntington,Duke, and Notre Dame.
Not in Missouri Imprints Inventory, Sabin, American Imprints. Item #27774