Series VIII, Personal Correspondence-Incoming (1844-1864)

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discusses horse sales; the 1844 Presidential election; one letter is suggestive of being from a slave catcher regarding two slaves named Betty and Gilbert; family news; recent auction prices for slaves, current news of the Confederacy; hiring out of slaves; discussion of the slave market in Lexington, KY and Cincinnati, OH, KY politics and abolitionism; travel passes and loyalty oaths, the value of confederate money, Union treatment of Eli Metcalfe and Sallie Bruce’s house; 1863 possible coded letter from his niece Lucy Dorsey; a slave boy given as a gift.