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Letter Dated May 3rd, 1847, Angelica, New York, from E.H. Collins to a Mrs. Russel (of Detroit).

Angelica 1847. 10 x 8, 4 pages (1 sheet folded in half). Light soiling, fold creases else good/very good. EH Collins writes: "There is but little going on our quiet little village to interest one who is unacquainted with the place and its people. We have lately had the misfortune to lose our church by fire (Charles says you are so much of a Presbyterian you will say it is wicked to call it a misfortune) we considered it a serious loss at the time, the more so from the fact of our just having got up our new bell, for which the ladies of our society had laboured for a long time, it had only been rung on Sunday and then it was heard at a distance of seven miles. But fortunately there was a good insurance on the church . . . will enable us to commence the building of a new one . . . the architect is at work on it now. . ." There is a postscript in a different hand which gives more details on the churchís rebuilding. Angelicaís St. Paul Episcopal Church burned down February 10, 1847, and a new church was consecrated on July 23, 1848. The writer mentions to Mrs. Russel (also referred to as Mrs. Anna) that he(?) is glad to hear that his brother Charles is feeling better (In Detroit at this time there was a Charles Collins who was a lake captain), goes on about how delightful his 9-month-old daughter Mary is and asks after the new baby. Collins brings up a topic of special interest to Detroiters: "I hear that the capitol is to be removed from Detroit to or near some forest in Ingham County, and that the village, town, or city that is to be will be called Houghton in honor of the late lamented Doctor. . ." On March 17, 1847 the decision was made to move the capitol to Lansing; the move was completed in 1848. In finishing, he asks to be remembered to her family and "to any of my old friends. . . Give my love to my brotherís family . . ." Mrs. Anna Russel was the wife of Dr. George B. Russel and daughter of Captain Lewis Davenport, also a Great Lakes captain.

Book Id: 99-1333

Price: $50.00

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