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Collection Reference Number GLC08934.029
From Archive Folder Aurelia Hale letters 
Title Aurelia Hale to Sarah W. Hale regarding her upcoming visit to Mount Meigs
Date 11 August 1830
Author Hale, Aurelia (cb. 1798)  
Recipient Hale, Sarah W.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Aurelia was suffering from a case of poison oak when she wrote this. She encloses another $50 in this letter as promised, and continues to plan for her sister's arrival. She briefly reiterates the plan for Sarah to be accompanied from Augusta to Mount Meigs with a friend of Aurelia's, and again urges her sister to bring their mother's silver, which was apparently given to their grandmother by her father. She also speaks at length about the comforts of their home and the area as a whole, saying that: "Jefferson bought me a very valuable negro woman last week. She understands cooking, washing, etc., so I shall be sure to have my house well attended to. She had a boy child and both together cost but $400, a great bargain for Alabama." There are apparently a number of "Indians" in the area, but she describes them as "accommodating" and says that they are not at all dangerous. As she often does, she expresses concerns about Sarah's health and writes that she hopes the South will improve it. Much of the letter is cross-written, and there are a few small tears and remnants of the seal that obscure part of the letter.
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, Sarah W. (fl. 1821-1837)  
Place written Mount Meigs, Alabama
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