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Posted 05/23/2019   9:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gettinold to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
gmot

I think you're right about that. I think cursive writing is called cursive because while reading it all you can do is curse at the sloppy penmanship.
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Posted 05/24/2019   10:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
gettinold, very fascinating stuff! This is why covers with contents are so interesting. The Williamsburg Public Hospital burned to the ground in 1885; a reconstructed building and museum now occupies the space of the original facility in Colonial Williamsburg.
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Posted 05/24/2019   10:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gettinold to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Dudley

I couldn't agree more. Further research on the cover revealed the author, at the time of writing, had a wife & 7 children. He was a Deputy US Marshall and had responsibilities under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. I believe the letter was prompted by those duties. During the epidemic the author, and 2 of his seven children died. I found the following newspaper clipping:


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Posted 05/24/2019   3:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add codehappy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Very Respectfully...balance illegible.


It reads, "Y. Obt. Servt. [your obedient servant], W. B. Sorey".
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Posted 05/24/2019   4:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gettinold to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Codehappy

Thank you. I am sending a copy of the letter to the Norfolk Historical Society and will now be able to share that with them. I received the following response from them after offering to send them a copy:

We would love to have a copy of the letter, which we will share with the local history section at Norfolk Public Library. One of my co-workers here at the library has done extensive research on Norfolk's domestic slave trade, primarily in the 1820s-30s so far, and will be interested to know about Mr. Sorey's responsibilities as Deputy Marshall.

You may send the photocopy to my attention at
Norfolk Historical Society
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