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Thomas Bayley Lawson Letter

Identifier: MSS-1622

Scope and Contents

A letter dated 19 January 1838, from Mobile, Alabama, to Rufus Spaulding in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Lawson writes in considerable detail about business conditions and the high cost of living in Mobile. He also makes observations on the treatment of slaves in the city.


  • 1838-01-19

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Biographical / Historical

Lawson (1807-88) was a prominent American portrait and miniature painter, active primarily in Massachusetts.


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Written from Mobile, Alabama, by Thomas Bayley Lawson, a portrait and miniature painter active primarily in Massachusetts, to Rufus Spaulding, in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Speaks in great detail about business conditions and the high cost of living in Mobile. Makes observations on the treatment of slaves in the city.
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