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Shelby, Virginia (fl. 1846) to her brother Tobias Gibson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04501.053 Author/Creator: Shelby, Virginia (fl. 1846) Place Written: [Danville, KY] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 July 1846 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 27 x 21 cm.

Extends an invitation for Tobias to visit. Writes news of family and friends. She adds the rather intriguing remark: "Mrs. Fishback I think has forgotten her fathers [sic] land, her Lincoln kin."

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