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Letter from Cousin Sallie

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P900


Letter from Cousin Sallie, dated May 8, 1860, to unnamed "Cousin," depicting her journey home across the United States and updating her cousin on family matters.


  • Creation: May 8, 1860


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Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Cousin Sallie

The author of the letter, "Cousin" Sallie, was from Longwood, Missouri and had family around the country. In the last part of the letter she mentions seeing her sweetheart, so it is assumed she was unmarried at the time. The letter does not give her last name, age, or any significant dates, though it does list other family members by first name. Other family members mentioned include Grandma, Uncles Smith, Will and Matt, Aunt Martha, cousin Jimmie, and a married cousin "M" whom she especially disliked.


1 folder (1 leaf. 4 pages)

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Scope and Contents

The letter is one leaf with four pages of writing, dated May 8, 1860. "Cousin Sallie" updates her [unknown] cousin on family matters and detailes her journey and various methods of transportation from Baltimore, Maryland to Longwood, Missouri. She gossips about her family members and writes of her disdain for a certain cousin "M." Sallie advises the reader several times to not leave the letter "laying about" and instructs her cousin to burn it as soon as it has been read. Though legible, the author mostly does not use punctuation marks or paragraph indentations in her writing, making it somewhat difficult to follow.

Physical Location

RH MS P900

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Michael Brown Rare Books, 2010

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related materials such as biographical files, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the "Cousin Sallie" Letter
Letter from Cousin Sallie
Finding aid prepared by cmh, 2012, Finding aid encoded by cmh, 2012
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Preferred citation
Cousin Sallie Letter, Kansas Collection, RH MS P900, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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