Todd A. Herring Archival Collection

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This letter is particularly interesting because it appears to have been dictated rather than written by the alleged author, which can be determined in part because the confident, educated hand of the letter is completely different from Lawrence's signature. In it, Margaret Lawrence, aunt and guardian of several orphaned children, writes to Forsyth to request his help in seeking money from distant relatives of the children to sustain them until they can earn their own livings. Notes at the end indicate her story and the condition of the family are confirmed by the minister and an Elder of her church and their signatures do match the author's hand. This item was included in the Scrawl and Order exhibit, http://lib.msstate.edu/exhibits/past/.

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Publication Date

1816

Time Period

1810-1819

Geographic Location

Scotland

Object Type

text

Format (original)

document

Format (digital)

PDF

Digital ID

MSS_658_Lawrence_to_Forsyth_1816a

Source

Mississippi State University Libraries, Special Collections Department, Manuscripts Division, Todd A. Herring Collection

Repository

Manuscripts

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

Letter, Margaret Lawrence to Isaac Forsyth, Elgin, Scotland, 1816

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