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Philippa Barziza to Jimmie Gray, 1866 February

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 4, Item: 5

Scope and Contents

A letter, dated February 1866, from Philippa Barziza to “Jimmie,” possibly Jimmie Gray. Philippa berates Jimmie for not writing her more often, and she says she does not understand why Jimmie left Williamsburg for Richmond. She asks if Mr. Slater is still “full of mischief” or if raising his children made him “more sedate.” She Mentions that “Ma” and “Pa” are “active,” though Pa sometimes complains about his age.

Philippa also asks, “Did Lucy leave you?” A later reference in the letter to “being without servants” suggests Lucy could have been an enslaved woman who quit her service at Jimmie’s household.


  • Creation: 1866 February


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From the Collection: 1.25 Linear Feet


From the Series: English