Many of these letters were purchased from the internet in the course of conducting historical research. Some were useful to me and others were not. But I have found all of them interesting for one reason or another and I have enjoyed researching the people and places mentioned by the 19th century letter writers. If you can add any supplementary information to what I have gleaned from the internet, I’d love to hear from you.
The transcripts of these letters are offered here for the benefit of educators, historians and/or family history researchers. I derive no monetary benefit from my efforts to transcribe and post them. I use my extensive knowledge of historical events and my access to on-line research tools to forensically establish the identity of the correspondents and the relationships between them that might had otherwise remained a mystery.
Old letters are golden links in the mystic chain that binds us to the past; precious mementos serving to remind us of the scenes and associations of other days. Especially is this true when the writer sleeps in the quiet stillness of the church-yard, while the little grassy hillock marks the place of his sweet repose.
— B. F. Brewington, 1862 Ladies Repository, page 349