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William S. Wright letter

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-2210

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of one letter from William S. Wright to his brother, Emerson R. Wright. William discusses his doubts about continuing his college education and his desire to carry out his duties. He responds to several topics in Emerson's previous letter, including finding Emerson a wife. In response to Emerson's claim that slavery is necessary to the southern economy, Wright gives an extended argument about the vile practice of slavery and its damage to the human spirit.

Dates

  • 1840 February 24

Creator

Language of Materials note

Materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical note

William S. Wright was a young man attending college in Pittsford, Vermont. His brother, Emerson R. Wright, lived in Greenville, Alabama, for a time before returning to Middlebury, Vermont. Emerson was appointed postmaster for the city or state by President Franklin Pierce in 1853. The Wright's parents had a farm in St. Albans, Vermont.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 Letter)

Abstract

A letter from William S. Wright of Pittsford, Vermont, to Emerson R. Wright in Greenville, Alabama. The letter discusses education, family matters, and the evils of slavery.

Provenance

Gift of Jimmy Robinson, 2008.

General

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Processed by

James Gilbreath, September, 2008.

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the William S. Wright letter
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Author
Jon Fuller
Date
2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

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