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Series I, Personal Correspondence-Outgoing (1821, 1832,1852-1855)

Series I, Personal Correspondence-Outgoing (1821, 1832,1852-1855)

 

consists of one letter to his newly married daughter Lucy giving her advice on how to treat her husband, children and slaves. The remaining twelve letters to his son Henry Bruce, Jr. discuss family news, health and deaths; local news; cholera outbreaks; J.S. Morgan’s estate; livestock and crop prices; loans made by Henry, Sr.; a property dispute among relatives; a new rail line to Maysville and turnpikes (roads) to Flemingsburg and Helena, KY; Henry, Jr.’s purchase of the IN consists of one letter to his newly married daughter Lucy giving her advice on how to treat her husband, children and slaves. The remaining twelve letters to his son Henry Bruce, Jr. discuss family news, health and deaths; local news; cholera outbreaks; J.S. Morgan’s estate; livestock and crop prices; loans made by Henry, Sr.; a property dispute among relatives; a new rail line to Maysville and turnpikes (roads) to Flemingsburg and Helena, KY; Henry, Jr.’s purchase of the IN ironworks; an escaped slave, Henry, Sr.’s slave Gilbert, his opinions of “negros”, and a neighbor’s talk of moving to IL where there are no slaves; extensive discussion on the division between free and slave states, the Missouri compromise, and Fugitive Slave Act; concern for his widowed daughter Ellen Bruce Morgan’s finances.

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