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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-5265;


Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3246. Letter, 25 December 1842, of Josiah Dunham, Lexington, Kentucky, to his brother-in-law Daniel Chipman, Ripton, Vermont. He welcomes news of Chipman’s family and describes his own domestic life, including his and his wife’s health and advancing age, her able household management, and the cost of his African-American servants, who appear to be slaves hired out by their owner. He refers to Chipman’s participation in Vermont’s constitutional convention; he also comments on Henry Clay’s travel to the South, where people acknowledge his talents but will likely fail to provide him with their votes.


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