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Wright, E. A. to Miller A. Wright

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02691.11.010 Author/Creator: Wright, E. A. Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: no date Pagination: 2 p. ; 17.6 x 11.3 cm.

[step-mother] E. A. is concerned about his life and safety in the Army. She is going to make him a coat, but this task is made difficult by the fact that little cotton had been planted that year.

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