Todd A. Herring Archival Collection



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Letter from 17-year-old Ellen Mary 'Nell' TenBrook to her 17-year-old aunt, Lucy Malindia Alexander, in Paris, Illinois, January 1860. Nell is visiting her aunt (Lucy's sister), Jacintha 'Cinty' Alexander Judson, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and mentions her Uncle Willet Judson and her cousins Jennie Shields Judson, Mary Elizabeth 'Bessie' Judson, and a days-old infant who would eventually be named Emma Tenbrook Judson. Nell inquires after many family members and friends back in Paris, Illinois; describes the variable weather in Vicksburg; mentions visitors she's had, including 'the two Miss Emanuals' from 'the wealthiest family in town (with the exception of Mrs Smeads)'; and tells about seeing the steamboat Magnolia in the Mississippi River. She also relates an incident when her dog barked at a black woman in Jackson but 'won't go with anyone now but Ellen,' presumably a servant or slave. Written on one sheet, folded.

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Vicksburg (Miss.); Paris (Ill.); Steamboats; Women; Social history; Bird, Mary Ellen TenBrook, b. 1843; Lamon, Lucy Malindia Alexander, b. 1843; Judson, Jacintha Alexander, 1828-1903; Judson, Willet Harmon, 1823-1890; Judson, Jennie Shields, b. 1849; Judson, Mary Elizabeth, 1857-1908; Judson, Emma Tenbrook, 1859-1892; Alexander, Mary Shields, 1800-1866

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Correspondence: 1 p. ; 24.5 X 38 cm.

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Mississippi State University Libraries, Special Collections Department, Manuscripts Division, Todd A. Herring Collection, Folder 5-1-105



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Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).


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Letter, Nell TenBrook to Lucy Malindia Alexander; 1/7/1860
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