[London, England]: Printed J. Mitchell and Co. (late Brettell), Rupert Street, Haymarket, . Small broadsheet, 19 cm., 2 pp., printed in various sizes and styles of type, with small vignette of a lion and a shield at head of text. Accompanied by a tiny calling card for "Gen. Tom Thumb," 1/2 x 1 in., printed on glossy card stock. Moderate foxing.
Stratton was born in 1838, and was only 6 years old, not 12, at the time of this appearance in London. "In the fall of 1842 P.T. Barnum staying overnight in a Bridgeport hotel, heard of the local dwarf, drove a quick bargain with the parents, taught the boy to dance, sing, tell stories, and strut the stage in various guises, advertised him as 'General Tom Thumb a dwarf eleven years of age, just arrived from England,' and put him on exhibition in his New York museum. He became at once a celebrity; money flowed into Barnum's coffers; and when the two departed for England Jan. 18, 1844, accompanied by a tutor and the General's parents, the New York municipal brass band and some 10,000 people thronged to the wharf to see them leave. "In England Barnum achieved even greater success with his protege than in the United States."--DAB. Item #64685