Grandfather's letters, 1852-1889.

Creator: Allen, John Mebane, 1823-1894.
Collection number: 4118
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Abstract: Letters to John Mebane Allen of Arkansas from friends and relatives in Alamance County, N.C., and extracts from a journal kept by Allen during his move from North Carolina to Arkansas in 1852, and compiled and indexed by Elizabeth White Furman, ca. 1974. Letters, 1853-1859, from North Carolina discuss personal, local and agricultural news and occasionally comment on politics, the economy, railroad building, operating a tannery, mining, and the hiring and sale of slaves. A version with virtually identical contents was privately published in 1974.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Included is a letter to “Aunt Jenny,” a slave owned by Allen, which discusses important events in the lives of related slaves still living in North Carolina (1856). Typed transcript only; location of originals unknown.