George Wolfe Bruce papers, 1853-1854.

Creator: Bruce, George Wolfe.
Collection number: 5225-z
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Abstract: George Wolfe Bruce of New York was the son of George Bruce, co-founder and co-owner of Bruce Type Foundry, New York, and the brother of David Wolfe Bruce, Matilda Bruce, and Catherine Bruce. Letters written by George Wolfe Bruce in 1853 and 1854 to his sisters and mother while traveling on business through Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida, and along the Mississippi River and Chattahoochee River, possibly checking on accounts for his father’s company. The letters describe the difficulties of traveling in the region; a trip on the steamship Eclipse; the southern landscape; town features and townspeople’s customs; and the quality of lodgings, including judgments on proprietors and staff. Bruce also discussed witnessing a slave auction in Abbeville, Ala., and reflected on the effects of slavery on slaves. Also included is Bruce’s calling card.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection