Sidney Brooks letterbook  1863-1867
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From the little that is known about Sidney Brooks, it appears that he made his money as a financier of business enterprises, principally in New York. Although he rented an apartment in New York in 1867, he maintained a home in Newport, R.I., which he expanded in the 1860s by acquiring his neighbor's land property and removing all the buildings. He and his wife were personal friends Major General George B. McClellan, and carried on an active correspondence during the Civil War with expatriate Confederate sympathizers in France. He had a friendship with America's most famous sculptor, Hiram Powers, while Powers was living in Florence, Italy. Brooks attempted not only to run Powers' financial interests in the states, but to act as an agent offering Powers' marble statues to the government for purchase. Sidney Brooks