In the letter William discusses sickness in the area; the death of a couple of relatives from the disease; and the unnecessary expense of current lifestyles: "We live in a world of exstravegancy [sic] of dress & eating which cant [sic] be kept up...
In the letter Mrs. Thornton discusses the yellow fever epidemic in Mobile; news of family members and acquaintances; and education and religion in rural Alabama. At the time the letter was written, Mrs. Thornton and her family had recently moved to...
In the letter Hays asks the governor to declare a state of martial law in Greene County because of hostilities against Republicans there: "There is no safety here for any Republican that wishes order and the laws enforced....Republicans cannot go...
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