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Hale, Aurelia (ca. b. 1798) to Sarah W. Hale

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08934.015 Author/Creator: Hale, Aurelia (ca. b. 1798) Place Written: Washington, GA Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 April 1826 Pagination: 4 p. : address : 21 x 25 cm.

This letter appears to have been written in response to a letter from Sarah notifying her of their mother's death. Aurelia says that she is glad that their mother's "days of sorrow and trouble are ended," and expresses some of her fond memories of their mother, especially from her childhood. She asks for assurances that their mother was comfortable when she died and for further information about their mother's burial. She also urges Sarah to "regain" her health over the summer.

Aurelia Hale was born in Glastonbury, in Hartford, Connecticut sometime before 20 December 1798.

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