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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434;


Finding aid for Manuscripts Small Collection 3037. Three letters, 1894-1895, of John G. Jackson, Hockessin, Delaware, to Mary Baily Fell, a relative of his wife Elizabeth. He describes his company’s failed attempt to sink an oil well in Kentucky due to “mischievous spirit influences,” and his hopes for a revival of the enterprise with the benefit of mediums who have identified nearby productive sites. He proposes a stock restructuring plan to reward her and others for their current investment and further contributions. (See scans under "Additional Files" below). Includes an 1891 receipt to Mary’s first husband, Jabez Baily, for his investment in the company. Also includes Jabez’s 1879 memoranda and legal documents relating to his mother’s estate and his attempts to settle with his brothers and co-executors in light of his indebtedness thereto.


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