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Gibson, Tobias (fl. 1861-1865) to Randall Lee Gibson

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04501.068 Author/Creator: Gibson, Tobias (fl. 1861-1865) Place Written: Live Oak Forest, [LA] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 January 1853 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses plantation business. They are still digging ditches in an attempt to make the place healthier. He discusses the debates concerning the annexation of Cuba. Sarah will soon have to make a decision between J.H. (Joseph Humphreys) and T.G.R. (perhaps another suitor for Sarah). Her father will not interfere as he thinks both would make a good match.

People: Gibson, Randall L.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Health and Medical, Personal Hygiene, Building Construction, Children and Family, Marriage, Women's History, Latin and South America, Caribbean, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Land Transaction

Sub Era: Age of Jackson