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Olivia to her sister

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02161.178 Author/Creator: Olivia Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: no date Pagination: 4 p. ; 19.6 x 12.5 cm.

Dated 27 March. She describes Albany. She says it is old and foggy, too old for a yankee. Though she formed a very good opinion of the people. She describes a waterfall

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