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McLean, Charles to his brother

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02161.001 Author/Creator: McLean, Charles Place Written: Rahway, New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 November 1852 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.4 x 19.9 cm.

He talks about a mischievous cow. Since there are no good schools around, his mother is sending him to boarding school.

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