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McSherry, Anna (b. 1833) to Henry F. McSherry

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.21.03 Author/Creator: McSherry, Anna (b. 1833) Place Written: Martinsburg, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 November 1860 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 20 x 12.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Anna to her brother Henry who was an assistant surgeon in the U.S. Navy and is stationed in Brooklyn, New York aboard the USS "Vandalia." References receiving Henry's letter. Says he ought to get any books that he wants as "time spent in reading good works is well employed." Says the more she looks at his photograph, the more she realizes it is such a good likeness. Mentions sights to see in New York, including Trinity Church, the Cooper Insititute in the Astor Library, and "Mr. Aspinwall's picture of the Immaculate Conception." Says Dr. McGary came by to say goodbye. McGary is traveling to New York then to Glasgow and then Paris. Asks "Do you hear anything more of a change in your cruize. I expect you have felt as if you were almost in the neighbourhood of Cape Horn." Assumes he is getting used to his new life by now. Tells him that "Pa told me to send you the Sun and Republican." Writes that she feels bad about missing "Kate's" wedding, where she was supposed to be a bridesmaid, because of a mix up in the train schedules. Updates him on family, neighbors and friends.


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

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Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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