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John H. Watrous Letter

 Collection
Identifier: SC 01485

Content Description

Four page letter addressed to Cousin Sarah from Richmond, Va. Watson describes the abundance of food and goes into great detail of the description of their cook. His choice of words are a gross exaggeration of her appearance and quite offensive. He also mentions attending an auction selling enslaved individuals. He writes that all of the ladies for sale were dressed quite elegantly and fetched a large sum. In his closing comments he mentions that he feels well suited to the area like it far better than Connecticut, and that while he has not contracted Yellow Fever yet, he expects it to hit him any day.

Dates

  • 1859 Jan 10

Creator

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Extent

0.01 Linear Feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James K. Gardner, September 2018.
Title
Guide to the John H. Watrous Letter
Author
Christina R Luers, CA
Date
2018-10-09
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository

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