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Moore, John (fl. 1848) to Mary Moore, and Richard Moore

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04191.18 Author/Creator: Moore, John (fl. 1848) Place Written: Greene County, Alabama Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 January 1848 Pagination: 4p. ; 25.6 x 19.6 cm.

He poetically mourns the passing of the year. He describes Christmas festivities, including time off for the slaves and their joy in the holiday and in gift giving. To Richard he chides him for going to singing parties with desperate women and the hazard of marrying such.

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John Moore (1826-1907) was born in Indiana and taught school in Louisiana and Alabama. After medical school, he became an army surgeon and later served as U.S. Surgeon General.

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