1852 PLEASANT VALLEY, KENTUCKY AMAZING LETTERS HOME

1852 PLEASANT VALLEY MILLS, KENTUCKY - AMAZING LETTERS HOME

Phenomenal content

Archive of three handwritten letters home from new Maine bride, Elizabeth Farwell Allen, who traveled to Kentucky with husband, Daniel Allen, following a June 20, 1852 marriage. Pleasant Valley Mills is located in Nicholas County, KY. Elizabeth was a gifted letter writer and highly critical of Southern culture....including the slaves, which she unfortunately referred to by using the derogatory term - N****rs. The letters are closely penned in legible ink, 13pp.quarto total, with a letter each from July 8, August 6 and Sept. 3. All with rare stampless covers, manuscript P. V. Mills, Ky, sent to sister Mrs. Albert [Caroline] Andrews, East Boston, Massachusetts.

The letters begin with Elizabeth's graphic description of a honeymoon complaint. It appears to be a bladder infection. "The Wednesday before was the consummation of our marriage. My goodness didn't I think I would die! But that was nothing to what I have suffered since. I should think I should enjoy it if it was not for such unbearable inflammation...Mrs. Thompson...says it is an inflammation of the neck of the womb and urinary bladder..."; "If I went to the chamber once on Tuesday I went forty times, two or three drops might pass..."

Sexual Content

"..
... read more