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McIntosh family letters, 1848-1849.

October 12, 2009

Creator: McIntosh family.
Collection number: 1212
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Abstract: Sixteen letters from Alexander Campbell McIntosh of Taylorsville, N.C., to his wife, Amanda, and son, William Preston McIntosh, while he was serving in the North Carolina legislature in Raleigh, and six letters during this period to McIntosh from his wife. The letters from McIntosh describe, in extraordinary detail, daily life in Raleigh, including sermons he had heard, ladies’ fashions, the contrast between city and country crowds, funeral processions, and his arrangements for board and laundry. There is little mention of the transactions of the legislature.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights:There is a letter dated 7 January 1849 that describes a sermon preached to an African American congregation at a Presbyterian Church. Another letter, dated 26 December 1948, describes African American musicians at a party at Governor Graham’s house.