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Moore, Robert (fl. 1848) to Mary Moore

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04191.28 Author/Creator: Moore, Robert (fl. 1848) Place Written: Hollowsquare Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 December 1848 Pagination: 4p. ; 24.8 x 19 cm.

He describes the pleasant climate. Alabama ladies are more attractive than those from Indiana. He looks forward to Christmas. He comments on Uncle [Fletcher?]'s slave problems, mostly a lack of discipline. He worries about the local cotton market because it is low.

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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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