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Sams, Mary Whittle, St. Thomas' Rectory, Chester, and Yorkville, South Carolina, to Mrs. Frances M. Lewis and Conway Whittle II, Norfolk, Virginia, Undated, circa 1865

 File — Box: Manuscripts Oversize Box 13, Folder: 1
Identifier: id114533

Scope and Contents

Concerning the possibility of Mr. Sams' ministry in the Portsmouth, Virginia, area; reflections on church organizations and administration; little Conway's assistance in cooking chores; reactions to Yankee troops; descriptions of transforming curtains and sheeting into articles of clothing; request that Mrs. Lewis visit when the situation is safer; winter weather conditions; negotiations and the purchase of a wagon; concern for Horace Sams, presently in the Officers Hospital; registering to reclaim "Datha" Julius' Charleston expedition; Freedmen's colony on St. John's Island; possibility of returning to St. Thomas' Rectory; concern over debts and financial situation; family and social news; reassignment by the church to (Yorkville?); attempt to maintain normalcy of daily life in view of Civil War and Reconstruction.


  • Creation: Undated, circa 1865


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From the Collection: 7.75 Linear Feet


From the Collection: English

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