The gift is conditional, however: "That if myself or Edwards [sic] mother my wife should in the events of life consider that either of us should stand in need of said negroes--then either of our own judgements [sic] shall rule and take the said...
In the first letter, written June 11, 1861, Lewis explains her desire to become a nurse (preferably "without without being exposed to all those most disagreeable sights connected with a sickroom") despite the objections of her friends and family....
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