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Bailey, Jacob (fl. 1813) to Hannah Bailey

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02669.005 Author/Creator: Bailey, Jacob (fl. 1813) Place Written: Fort Sumner, South Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 February 1813 Pagination: 2 p. ; 32.8 x 20.3 cm.

A letter from Jacob Bailey to his wife Hannah Bailey, in which he expresses religious observations, his faith in God and his mercy, and his attempts to subdue the use of God's name in vain and profanity amongst soldiers.

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