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


Finding aid and typescript (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 3032. Letter, 21 January 1849, of William T. Dean, Jr. to J. C. Stedman, Athens, Ohio, recounting his journey west to Bonaparte in Van Buren County, Iowa, where he is teaching. He describes his bouts with illness and his new surroundings. He also reports seeing 7-foot 8-inch Jim Porter, the “Kentucky Giant,” while in Louisville, Kentucky, and remarks on Porter’s size and on his gun and cane.


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