Lost Letters

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A century or two lends real dignity to the otherwise nosy business of reading letters addressed to someone else. But with these letters we are enabled to get a feeling for bygone eras that other media fail to deliver. Hopefully, we are forgiven by the ghosts of correspondents past.

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Crosswriting – employed to save paper – has all but disappeared from modern correspondence, but then, so has paper. This letter, sent on April 2 and received on May 27, was carried by William Maury

Autograph Letter Signed Elizabeth Bold to James Maury
April 2, 1824
Sea View, VA to Charlottesville, VA.
9” x 7” 3 ½ pp.
Integral Address Sheet

From:
Theatre of Memory program: Lost Letters