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Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1889-1978) to Children

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09587.356 Author/Creator: Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1889-1978) Place Written: Roanoke, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 October 1976 Pagination: 3 p. ; 26.6 x 20.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Letter from Cordelia Williams to her children. She writes that she hopes all is going well and that she was happy to see rain and now wants to see some sunshine. She spends some time writing about how her plants are doing. She mentions that this time of the year is hard for her because Eugene died September 14th and LeRoi died October 15th and her husband got sick October 15th. She writes "these memorials really hit me, I think because I am alone...knowing that exactly half our family has already gone." Cordelia really enjoyed the picnic and dinner with Virginia. She mentions that although President Nixon resigned "Ford will take care of him in some government way." She understands that "the girls" do not like Sunday School but they one day will appreciate it. She also mentions that she does not like women preachers. She likes helping out at Church even though it is tiring. She hopes their new neighbors are nice and implies that she hopes they are not racists and keep an open mind to accept people. She will be listening to the candidates debate at night and is hoping Carter does well. She sends love and blessings.

People: Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1884-1978)
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: African American HistoryChildren and Family

Sub Era: The Seventies

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