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Everett, Edward (1794-1865) to Lady Belper of Derby, England

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00463 Author/Creator: Everett, Edward (1794-1865) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 June 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Thanks her for "sending me your likeness" and remembers a visit from twenty years ago fondly. Discusses his son, who went abroad for four years, and his happiness that he has returned. Closes his letter with a long comment on the Civil War: "The terrible war...is becoming every day more & more distinctly a war between Freedom and Slavery; & we hope that is better understood in Europe, the ambitious men who, in our Southern states, are waging this cruel contest for the sake of breaking up the Union & establishing a new gov't. on the corner stone of Slavery, will forfeit that sympathy and aid from abroad, which has hitherto upheld them."

People: Everett, Edward, 1794-1865.
Belper, Lady, fl. 1863.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Slavery, Battle of Gettysburg, Women's History, Civil War, Confederate States of America, Military History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The American Civil War