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Hale, Aurelia (ca. b. 1798) Aurelia Hale letters to her sister Sarah, and brother Horatio [Decimalized .01- .52]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08934 Author/Creator: Hale, Aurelia (ca. b. 1798) Place Written: s.l. Type: Various Date: 1821-1855 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: 52 letters covering New England transplant Aurelia Hale's travels in the South, including her views on slavery. Born in Connecticut, Aurelia moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1821, and later migrated to Washington County, Georgia, and then to Alabama. She wrote sporadic letters to her sister Sarah and her brother, Horatio. She was not disturbed by slavery, remarking on 11 June 1821, that the people of Georgia "differ in every respect from the Northerners; are much more agreeable, polite, attentive, and friendly...When we entered Savannah we were astonished at the number of blacks...We find it no inconvenience at all to be waited upon. I have one and sometimes two to attend me and can find them sufficient employment. I like their manner of living here better than at the North." Some later letters to Sarah are also from her husband, Thomas Jefferson de Yampert, and a few are written by her brothers Horatio and Joseph. Most of the letters are from the 1820s and 1830s.

People: Hale, Aurelia, b. 1798?.
Hale, Sarah, b. 1801?.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Woman Author, Women's History, Travel, African American History, Slavery, Latin and South America, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery