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Papers, 1820-1898.

Author: Wilkinson family.Augustus Oliver CorbettWilliam Shapleigh DamrellGeorge Frisbie HoarPerry Allen LindsayAll authors
Edition/Format:   Print book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
Summary:
This collection consists mainly of correspondence and documents from the period 1820 to 1898. The correspondence represents primarily the business and political life of Alexander Wilkinson and aspects of the Civil War, in which all three of his sons fought. Alexander Wilkinson's correspondence includes letters written to his wife Maria, 1837-1843, during his business trips to the South as a representative of the
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Genre/Form: History
Genealogies
Poems
Named Person: John Charles Frémont; Alexander Thayer Wilkinson; Edwin Wilkinson; Leonidas Wilkinson; Walter Wilkinson; John Charles Frémont
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Wilkinson family.; Augustus Oliver Corbett; William Shapleigh Damrell; George Frisbie Hoar; Perry Allen Lindsay; Maria Sayles Wilkinson; Mary Wilkinson; Mary Minerva Wilkinson; Walter Wilkinson
OCLC Number: 233648719
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Abstract:

This collection consists mainly of correspondence and documents from the period 1820 to 1898. The correspondence represents primarily the business and political life of Alexander Wilkinson and aspects of the Civil War, in which all three of his sons fought. Alexander Wilkinson's correspondence includes letters written to his wife Maria, 1837-1843, during his business trips to the South as a representative of the H.C. Fisher Company of Boston. These contain his views on life in several Southern states, including their people, customs, climate, and the condition of slaves. There are also details of the business difficulties he faced there while attempting to sell straw bonnets.

His correspondence also includes letters from friends concerning politics in Mendon in 1840, especially the Whig successes, loco-foco disappointments, and the progress of the Temperance movement; letters from Congressman William Shapleigh Damrell (1809-1860) in Washington, D.C., 1856, relative to the presidential aspirations of John Charles Fremont (1813-1890), including Damrell's assessment of his attitudes towards Roman Catholics and abolition; letters from Augustus Oliver Corbett (1837- ) of Falconer, N.Y., 1858, concerning the superior economic conditions there, especially in the produce business; and letters from Senator George Frisbie Hoar (1826-1904) with explanations of his unwillingness to interfere in Milford public service appointments in 1869.

Of special interest are letters from Walter Wilkinson and Col. Perry Allen Lindsay (1839- ) in Alexandria, Va., 1861-1864. Walter's letters to his sister Mary contain descriptions of digging trenches, soldiers' poor diet, long marches, and dangerous picket duty. Following Walter's death at the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862, Col. Lindsay wrote repeatedly to Alexander Wilkinson concerning efforts to retrieve his son's body and details of the wounds of the other two Wilkinson brothers serving in the same regiment (i.e., 40th New York). There are also letters to Alexander from friends during the war relative to the political wisdom of the Emancipation Proclamation, and anti-copperhead sentiment in Baltimore, Md. One letter contains a written copy of the Gettysburg Address.

The collection also contains poetry written by a distant cousin, Mary Minerva Wilkinson (1823- ) and other unidentified relatives; documents, such as Alexander's appointment as an ensign in the Massachusetts militia in 1837; and genealogical notes.

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