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Hale, Aurelia (ca. b. 1798) to Sarah W. Nichols

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08934.043 Author/Creator: Hale, Aurelia (ca. b. 1798) Place Written: Prairie, AL Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 January 1835 Pagination: 4 p. : address : 21 x 26 cm

Summary of Content: She and Thomas are still trying to save money for the trip up North, which she hopes he will join her on. In the meantime, he is often away in Mobile, where he has bought two building lots, while she oversees the plantation. Their son Thomas is learning to walk and reminds her of their daughter Sarah. She also reports on some of her slaves. Of a woman named Mary, who she has mentioned before, she says: "Mary lost a child last week. It was deformed, and as she has no husband, it was a fortunate circumstance."

Background Information: Aurelia Hale was born in Glastonbury, in Hartford, Connecticut sometime before 20 December 1798.

People: Hale, Aurelia, b. 1798?
Hale, Sarah, b. 1801?

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Woman AuthorWomen's HistoryTravelAfrican American HistorySlaveryLatin and South AmericaGlobal History and CivicsForeign Affairs

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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