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Sams, Mary Whittle, St. Thomas' Rectory and Chester, South Carolina, to Mrs. Frances M. Lewis, Norfolk, Virginia, 1864-1865, undated

 File — Box: Manuscripts Oversize Box 13, Folder: 1
Identifier: id114529

Scope and Contents

Concerning the birth of little Julius; the high cost of goods; kindness of parishioners; unhappiness over continuation of Civil War; gratitude for assistance with purchase of a cow; details of daily routine; description of juggling the baby and simultaneous household duties; church involvement in Africa mentioned; reflections on probable loss of all property; health of the children; movement of persons and property through Chester; reliance on Mr. Sams' ministry to his own family; request for packet of scarce items-- corset, combs, and stockings; distrust of greenbacks by merchants; desire to "lay aside the cares of housekeeping" inspirational verses; general family and community news.


  • Creation: 1864-1865, undated


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From the Collection: 7.75 Linear Feet


From the Collection: English

Repository Details

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