Business: Bounty Barter

In the fall of 1940, a letter in old-fashioned script arrived at the offices of Philadelphia's old (1856) tool firm, Fayette R. Plumb, Inc. "Please send me two of your small axes," requested the writer, "and if cost any more for it write and let me known as soon as possible what I owed to you . . . Trusting this find you in good condition ... I am your unknown true friend in Pitcairn Island." The letter was signed by Ivan E. Christian, a descendant of Fletcher Christian, leader of the mutiny on...

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