Creator: Hall, Eli West, 1827-1865?
Collection number: 2443-z
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Abstract: Eli West Hall was a lawyer and North Carolina state senator. Papers of Hall consist of compositions and speeches written by him in Fayetteville, N.C., where he was a student in the early 1840s and at Chapel Hill, where he received his A.B. from the University of North Carolina in 1847, and letters from him while he was studying law in Hillsborough, N.C. Included are letters, 1856-1868, from Hall and his wife, Margaret Dawson Hall, from Wilmington, N.C., where he was a lawyer, to his brother William, who was studying medicine in New York; a few letters, 1860-1861, from Hall while he was a state senator; and some civilian letters during the Civil War from members of the Hall family. Topics discussed include family matters, slavery, local and national politics, the University of North Carolina in 1853, and practicing law. Postwar items consist of a few scattered family letters.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: Chiefly personal correspondence of Hall, lawyer and state senator of Wilmington, North Carolina. Letters discuss family matters, slavery, local and national politics, the University of North Carolina, and the practice of law. Included are discussions of the Fugitive Slave Act (1850).
Two speeches from the collection are available digitally through the Documenting The American South website. Click here to access the digitized materials through the finding aid.