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Collection Reference Number GLC08934.036
From Archive Folder Aurelia Hale letters 
Title Aurelia Hale to Sarah W. Hale regarding the death of her daughter
Date 18-24 November 1832
Author Hale, Aurelia (cb. 1798)  
Recipient Hale, Sarah W.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description This letter is dated November 18, but on the third page a notation indicates that a paragraph was added on November 24. In the part dated November 18, she apologizes for not answering Sarah's letters, and says that the reason for her silence was grief because Mary, her baby daughter, passed away on October 2 due to the cholera epidemic. She is buried in the backyard, and Aurelia visits the grave daily with her daughter Sarah. She says that she finds comfort in God and knowing that Mary is in a better place. She also mentions several cases of Bilious Fever among people she knows. In the part dated November 24, she mentions that her husband is going to Mount Meigs and that she must finish the letter to give to him. She adds that Sarah should tell their cousin Mary to keep the lock of her daughter Mary's hair that was sent to her. There is a small tear in the letter where the seal once was, and it is coming apart on some of the lines where it was folded.
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 Hurricane Prairie, Alabama
Theme Women in American History; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Foreign Affairs; Children & Family; Health & Medicine
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