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J.M., Annie (fl. 1861) to Sarah Ogden

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06559.099 Author/Creator: J.M., Annie (fl. 1861) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 January 1861 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.5 x 16 cm. Order a Copy

Writes from "home." Announces her engagement to Samuel J. Thompson. Says she intended to tell Ogden during their last meeting, but did not get the chance, and Christmas preparations have kept her from responding sooner. Describes Thompson as "a very honest, plain dealing good hearted man, remarkable for nothing but his good disposition and kind heart." Says she will be visiting her uncle, John Mitchel, in about three or four weeks and hopes to see Ogden soon.

Sarah Perot Ogden was a Quaker from Philadelphia who took part in variety of philanthropic works such as assisting the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She was a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America, the Philadelphia Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, and President of the Philadelphia Home for Incurables. Both Ogden and her husband, Edward H. Ogden, were strong supporters of the Union cause. During the Civil War Ogden volunteered in a military hospital where she made daily visits. Her husband served as a Union soldier.

Ogden, Sarah Morris Perot, 1831-1912

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