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James K. Duke Letter to Basil Duke

Identifier: SC 01334

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Scope and Contents

Letter written by James K. Duke of Scott, Kentucky to his son Basil Duke, a student at Yale College. The letter chastizes Basil for not writing home soon after an illness and thus upsetting his mother. It is also a response to what appears to be a complaint of Basil's that Yale professors are biased towards southerners. His father disagrees and provides reasons as to why and also offers him advice. A typed transcription is included.


  • Creation: 1843 December 17


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. J. H. Shoremaker, January 1964

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