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Collection Number: 04354-z

Collection Title: George W. Lewis Papers, 1854-1897

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Abstract Letters and other items of George W. Lewis of Leaksville, Rockingham County, N.C., and, after about 1854, of Jackson and Brandon, Miss. Lewis was a merchant dealing primarily in dry goods. The papers document family concerns and business dealings, especially the purchase and transportation of merchandise from the North in the years after the Civil War. Some letters refer to the status of African Americans just after the Civil War.
Creator Lewis, George W., fl. 1854-1897.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 W. Lewis Papers #4354-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Louis Ginsberg of Petersburg, Va., in February 1983.
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George W. Lewis, fl. 1857-1897, was a merchant, primarily specializing in dry goods. A native of Leaksville, North Carolina, he moved to Mississippi around 1854, apparently for health reasons. He was also a combatant during the Civil War. Some of his relatives apparently resided in Virginia.

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Folder 1

10 June 1854-12 November 1897 #04354-z, Series: "George W. Lewis Papers, 1854-1897." Folder 1

10 June 1854: Letter from Ann E. Price, a cousin in Danville, Virginia, relating family news.

5 January 1855: Letter from Lewis, in Jackson, Mississippi, to sister about Lewis's health and good business prospects.

19 November 1857: Letter from William R. Johns, a friend and drinking partner in Somerville, North Carolina, relating general news.

24 June 1860: Letter from Narracessa Hampton, a sister in Cascade, Virginia, chiefly about health of friends and family.

4 February 1865: Letter from Daniel M. Willis, a friend and Civil War companion, about why Willis decided to remain with his regiment.

27 November 1865: Letter from John A. and Mary Lewis, George Lewis's parents in Leaksville, about post-war conditions relating to business and politics, especially ramifications of new position of blacks.

26 December 1865: Letter from G.R.S., a doctor in Vicksburg, Mississippi, offering to supply books for Lewis to sell.

23 May 1867: Letter from Daniel M. Willis in New York City, about prices of dry goods and extolling the virtues of married life as opposed to what Willis and Lewis "did" in Macon during the war.

21 August 1867: Letter from W.M. Smith, apparently a business partner in Brandon, Mississippi, preparing Lewis for his buying trip to the North, including shipping instructions, and telling Lewis that marriage "...will make a thorough business man of you."

August 1867: Letter from [W.M. Smith] with title "Notes of Reference in buying Fall Stock," giving instructions on how to handle cash and credit arrangements in the North and touching on shipping considerations.

23 November 1867: Letter from the office of Wilson's Remedy in Williamsburg, New York, informing Lewis that the Reverend E.A. Wilson will not ship his cure for consumption without payment in advance.

1867?: Letter from unknown source at Salem Chapel, Forsyth County, North Carolina, about hard times and efforts being made to "disfranchise all the Respectable Whites and put Negroes in office."

7 June 1888: Commencement[?] program from Leaksville Practical High School.

12 November 1897: Letter and brochure from Reliance Nursery Company in Geneva, New York, listing fruit trees ordered and sent.

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