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Woodbury, Elizabeth Williams Clapp (fl. 1843) to Elizabeth Blair Lee

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03209.27.05 Author/Creator: Woodbury, Elizabeth Williams Clapp (fl. 1843) Place Written: Portsmouth, New Hampshire Type: Autograph letter signed Date: circa 8 July 1845 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 25 x 20 cm.

Woodbury, wife of Montgomery Blair, invites Lee to visit Portsmouth and updates her on the affairs of mutual friends and acquaintances. Circa date is based on a reference Woodbury made regarding Lee's 1843 marriage.

Lee was the wife of Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee and daughter of Francis Preston Blair, editor of the Democratic Washington, D.C. newspaper, The Globe.

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