Papers, 1838-1866 and n.d.


Terrell, William Eliza Rhodes. Papers, 1838-1866 and n.d.

Papers, 1838-1866 and n.d.

Chiefly letters to William Eliza (Rhodes) Terrell from her husband, who was travelling in Europe, and from her friend Mary Telfair of Savannah, Ga. Mr. Terrell traveled in England, France, Italy, and Switzerland, visiting physicians in search of a cure for a lesion on his face. Mary Telfair's letters contain much gossip about mutual friends. Some letters allude to the scandalous conduct and lesbian tendencies of a particular acquaintance. Elaborate riddles known as enigmas are included in a few of Mrs. Telfair's letters. Brief mention is made of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and Robert E. Lee, and of events during the Civil War. Collection includes legal papers; papers pardoning Mrs. Terrell for her participation in the "rebellion against the government of the United States;" a broadside advertising Springer Female Model School; and recipes for preserving tomatoes.

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