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Letter from David Sterrett (Sterrettania, Erie County, Penn.) to his son Innis

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P612


An 1856 letter from Sterrettania, Pennsylvania resident David Sterrett to his son Innis (David Brice Innis Sterrett), containing news of his other sons, including Andrew Jackson Sterrett of Leavenworth (Kansas Territory).


  • Creation: November 13, 1856


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of David Sterrett, 1789-1865

The family of David Sterrett numbered among the earliest settlers and landholders of Sterrettania, Pennsylvania, named for the Sterrett family. David Sterrett built and owned a large grist mill in McKean Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania. Among his many children were two sons who bore the name of Innis: Brice Innis Sterrett (1817-1830) and David Brice Innis Sterrett (1837-1863).


1 folder (1 folded leaf, 31 cm.)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This November 13, 1856 letter, written from Sterrettania, Pennsylvania, is addressed to "Son Innis" and is signed "D. S." The letter is from David Sterrett, likely written to his son David Brice Innis Sterrett, who at the time of its writing was nineteen years of age. Sterrett addresses his son’s interest in teaching and encourages him to first take additional schooling. He also reports activities of his other sons James, Robert, and Jackson—-the latter (Andrew Jackson Sterrett) whom he describes as having settled and purchased land at Leavenworth in Kansas Territory, and for whom he expresses concern due to the territory’s political strife. No envelope accompanies the letter, and the letter content does not identify the address of its recipient.

Physical Location

RH MS P612

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum, 1991.

Guide to the David Sterrett Collection
Letter from David Sterrett (Sterrettania, Erie County, Penn.) to his son Innis
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David Sterrett Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P612, 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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