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Guide to the Phebe Ann Palmer Letters, 1864, 1865

Summary

Collection comprises two letters (1864 January 3 and 1865 October 13) Phebe Ann Palmer wrote to unidentified recipients. Topics include the weather, health of family members, visitors and visiting, the local school teachers, the Clinton County Fair, the Civil War and its related deaths and sacrifices. She added at one point "I have told you all the gossip I know," and she writes at length about her thoughts and feelings regarding other people and situations.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11234
Title
Phebe Ann Palmer letters
Date
1864, 1865
Creator
Palmer, P. A. (Phebe Ann)
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 2 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises two letters (1864 January 3 and 1865 October 13) Phebe Ann Palmer wrote to unidentified recipients. Topics include the weather, health of family members, visitors and visiting, the local school teachers, the Clinton County Fair, the Civil War and its related deaths and sacrifices. She added at one point "I have told you all the gossip I know," and she writes at length about her thoughts and feelings regarding other people and situations.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Phebe Ann Palmer Letters, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Historical Note

Phebe Ann Palmer married Benjamin R. Palmer and the couple had nine children. They were Quakers. At the time these letters were written, the couple resided in Low Moor, Clinton Co., Iowa. They served as links in the local Underground Railroad, delivering escaped slaves to Clinton, Iowa, where they rowed across the Mississippi River. Mr. Palmer was elected to the General Assembly in 1866, where he read the first petition for woman's suffrage.


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Provenance

The Phebe Ann Palmer Letters were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, July, 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0094