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Maugrita (fl. 1857) to Esthur Monk

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03587.33 Author/Creator: Maugrita (fl. 1857) Place Written: Clifton, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 December 1857 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 16.5 x 10.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to Cripps' mother in Greenwich, Connecticut, in the care of Mr. Benedict. Relays a message for Monk to send curtains to a family friend. Mentions having received a letter from Tousey, an acquaintance, who promises to return from Mexico soon, but she doubts it. Wonders about their trip to "the Metropolis." Discusses sending a care package and hopes it will arrive before Christmas. Written on scallop-edged stationery. Envelope hand-postmarked 14, December, Rippon, Virginia. Includes one three-cent stamp depicting George Washington. Date inferred from Mrs. Monk's trip to Greenwich.

Background Information: Cripps was General Gadsden's Secretary and a sawyer by profession. Monk was Cripps' mother.

People: Monk, Esthur, fl. 1853-1857
Maugrita, fl. 1857

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Woman AuthorWomen's HistoryLatin and South AmericaHome FurnishingsHolidays and CelebrationsTravel

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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