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Collection Number: 05225-z

Collection Title: George Wolfe Bruce Papers, 1853-1854

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Size 10 items
Abstract George Wolfe Bruce of New York was the son of George Bruce, co-founder and co-owner of Bruce Type Foundry, New York, and the brother of David Wolfe Bruce, Matilda Bruce, and Catherine Bruce. The collection consists of letters written by George Wolfe Bruce in 1853 and 1854 to his sisters and mother while traveling on business through Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida, and along the Mississippi River and Chattahoochee River, possibly checking on accounts for his father's company. The letters describe the difficulties of traveling in the region; a trip on the steamship Eclipse; the southern landscape; town features and townspeople's customs; and the quality of lodgings, including judgments on proprietors and staff. Bruce also discussed witnessing a slave auction in Abbeville, Ala., and reflected on the effects of slavery on slaves. Also included is Bruce's calling card.
Creator Bruce, George Wolfe.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the George Wolfe Bruce Papers #5225-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Historical Collectible Auctions of North Carolina in 2005 (Acc. 100117).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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George Wolfe Bruce of New York was the son of George Bruce, co-founder and co-owner of Bruce Type Foundry, New York, and the brother of David Wolfe Bruce, Matilda Bruce, and Catherine Bruce.

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The collection consists of letters written by George Wolfe Bruce of New York in 1853 to 1854 to his sisters Matilda Bruce and Catherine Bruce, and to his mother, while traveling on business through Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida, and along the Mississippi River and the Chattahoochee River, possibly checking on accounts for his father, George Bruce, co-founder and co-owner of Bruce Type Foundry, New York. The letters describe the difficulties of traveling in the region; a trip on the steamship  Eclipse; the southern landscape; town features and townspeople's customs; and the quality of lodgings, including judgments on proprietors and staff. Bruce also discussed witnessing a slave auction in Abbeville, Ala., and reflected on the effects of slavery on slaves. Also included is Bruce's calling card.

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Contents list

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10 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

1853-1854 #05225-z, Series: "Papers, 1853-1854." Folder 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Brian Dietz, September 2005

Encoded by: Brian Dietz, October 2005

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