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Collection Reference Number GLC00687.042
From Archive Folder Papers of George May Powell 
Title Alma A. Barrell to George May Powell about Emma Small's health and her search for religious life
Date 16 February 1867
Author Barrell, Alma A. (fl. 1860-1868)  
Recipient Powell, George May  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description re: The previous communication sent by Emma was incomplete due to the ice and harsh travel conditions. Emma has been sick but now is as well and strong as could be hoped, with recovery by degrees. She does not have diphtheria as previously thought. She is looking for local religious services for social religious needs after being cooped up.
Subjects Women's History  Travel  Religion  Woman Author  Health and Medical  
People Powell, George May (1835-1905)  Small, Emma C. (fl. 1860-1868)  
Place written Miller Farm, Massachusetts
Theme Women in American History; Health & Medicine; Religion
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Additional Information Powell was a Lincoln supporter and served as a statistician in the Treasury Department during the Civil War. He was an inventer, social reformer, evangelical, entrepreneur, pacifist, and archaeologist. His philosophy and life combined social Christianity and capitalist enterprise. The Republican Party in the 1864 election used Powell's 1863 article, favorably comparing American wartime excise taxes with those of other countries at peace. His photographic montage of supporters of the Thirteenth Amendment (included in this collection) was very popular. Active in religious work as a young man, he was the secretary and manager of the Evangelistic Press Association and led a topographical corps through Egypt and North Africa to create Sunday School maps of Palestine and the Holy Land. He invented many devices both during and after the Civil War, and pursued economic ventures in enterprises such as the Cordell Life Limb company, providing prosthetics for Civil War veterans. After the war he founded the Evangelical Press Association in 1868, led the Oriental Topographical Corps in an archaeological expedition to Egypt and Palestine in 1873 (publishing colored maps and lecturing widely after his return), and ran unsuccessfully for Congress on the Prohibition Ticket. He worked to promote fireproof structures and participated in the American Forestry Commission, the Grange and Patrons of Husbandry, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the National Geographic Society. He was active in Sabbath reform work.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945