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J. M. Burke Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4127

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a letter from J. M. Burke to his uncle discussing the chances of various political candidates in the 1860 election. After some discourse about how Douglas is "on the rise" and "a great man" and that he would "vote for him if I thought he wanted my vote to carry Ala. against Bell of Ga, but I am in principle a Whig", Burke tallies the electoral college like this: Bell with 73 votes (although Burke's estimations actually come to 81: New York - 10; Delaware - 3; New Jersey - 3; Virginia - 15; Maryland - 8; North Carolina - 11; Florida - 3; Louisiana - 7; Tennessee - 11; and Kentucky - 10-) and Douglas with 115 (New York - 25; Pennsylvania - 25; Illinois - 11; Indiana - 11; Maine - 8: Iowa - 4; Rhode Island - 3; Connecticut - 6; Ohio - 15; Missouri - 7). In fact, he was completely wrong as Bell won only 39, Douglas only 12, Breckinridge took 69, and Lincoln carried the election with 180 votes.

Dates

  • 1860 September 17

Creator

Biographical / Historical

J. M. Burke lived in Camden, Alabama, in 1860.

Extent

0.01 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Letter from nephew to uncle discussing the chances of various political candidates in the 1860 election

Provenance

purchased from Ben Katz, 2015

General

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Processed by

Martha Bace, 2015

Source

Creator

Title
Guide to the J. M. Burke Letter
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
July 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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