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Allyn, Nelson (fl. 1831) to Joseph Allyn

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05655 Author/Creator: Allyn, Nelson (fl. 1831) Place Written: Gatesville, North Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 September 1831 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 24.5 x 19.4 cm. Order a Copy

Nelson writes to his brother Joseph in Connecticut, roughly one month after Nat Turner's Rebellion. Discusses family and mutual acquaintances, noting he is in good health. Writes, "the insurrection of the blacks have made greate disturbance here every man is armd with a gun by his bed nights and in the field at work a great many of the blacks have been shot there heads taken of stuck on poles at the forkes of rodes some been hung, some awaiting there trial in several countys, 6 in this county... there is no danger of their rising again here." Discusses his journey to North Carolina and instructs Joseph to direct mail to Gates Courthouse.

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