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Collection Reference Number GLC08934.022
From Archive Folder Aurelia Hale letters 
Title Aurelia Hale to James W. Hale regarding their brother's death
Date 9 September 1826
Author Hale, Aurelia (cb. 1798)  
Recipient Hale, James W.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description She appears to have received word of their brother's death, and is very upset by the news because she considered herself quite close to him. She also expresses worry that he did not die a Christian, saying that if she was confident that he had, she would "rejoice" that he had "left this troublesome world." (Note: It appears that she is talking about their brother Horatio, and that the Horatio she refers to in future letters is his son.) She goes on to discuss a fever that has been plaguing Washington, Georgia - a man who also lived in her boarding house died in the night, and the physicians are so overwhelmed with the number of sick people in the town and surrounding area that they cannot be found except at the houses of the sick. She comments that this is very unusual, because it is usually a "healthy place." There is a small note at the bottom of the fourth page indicating that a Mr. and Mrs. Allen would be out the following month, and a suggestion that "S" (possibly Sarah) could join them. Part of this letter is cross-written.
Subjects Woman Author  Women's History  Travel  African American History  Slavery  Latin and South America  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  
People Hale, Aurelia (cb. 1798)  Hale, James W. (fl. 1826-1855)  
Place written Washington, Georgia
Theme Women in American History; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Foreign Affairs; Children & Family
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Aurelia Hale was born in Glastonbury, in Hartford, Connecticut sometime before 20 December 1798.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859