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PETERSON, Charles Jacobs, publisher, born in Philadelphia, 20 July, 1819 ; died there, 4 March, 1887. He was a descendant of Erick Pieterson, who came to the Delaware with a colony from Sweden in 1638, and was the first of the name in this country. The godfather of Erick was Laurence Peterson, archbishop of Sweden, who, with his brother Oolof, translated, in 1552, the Bible into the Swedish language, a copy of which is in possession of the family. He was the editor, with Mrs. Ann S. Stephens, of" Peterson's Ladies' National Magazine," and the author of many contributions to journals and periodicals and "The Military Heroes of the Revolution, with a Narrative of the War of Independence" (Philadelphia, 1847) ; " The Military Heroes of the War of 1812 and of the War with Mexico" (1848); "Grace Dudley, or Arnold at Saratoga" (1849) ; "Cruising in the Last War" (1849); "The Naval Heroes of the United States "(1850) ; "Valley Farm": "Kate Aylesford, a Story of the Refugees" (1855); "Mabel, or Darkness and Dawn" (1857);" The Old Stone Mansion" (1859); and a continuation from 1840 to 1856 of Charles yon Rotteck's "History of the World" (4 vols., 1856). --His brother, Theophilus Beasley, publisher, born in Philadelphia, 14 February, 1821, left school at the age of thirteen, entered a dry-goods store as clerk, and afterward served in the same capacity in a shipping-house. Next. he entered a stereotype-foundry and learned the business, as well as that of printing. In 1843 he became foreman in the office of the "Saturday Evening Post," which was edited by George R. Graham and Charles J. Peterson. Two years afterward he withdrew from this work and began business for himself as a bookseller and news-agent. His first publication was issued in 1846, being a reprint of Lady Charlotte Bury's novel "The Divorced." The price of the London edition was $7.50; that of Peterson's edition was twenty-five cents. His success in this effort confirmed him in his original resolution to stereotype all the most popular foreign and American books of fiction of which he could gain possession, and publish them in economical forms. In 1858 he admitted his brothers, George W. and Thomas, into partnership, under the firm-name of T. B. Peterson and Brothers. His firm has also made a specialty of publishing cook-books. An original idea of this house is the issuing of their catalogue with a portrait of their principal authors, and a sketch of their life and writings.
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