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1867-1881. Interesting archive of four documents [1867-1881] relating to William See, evidently a slave freed during or shortly after the end of the Civil War and living in Texas.

1. The earliest document dated January 1867, at Sterling, Texas is a lengthy manuscript document being an account for the purchase of supplies from July to September 1866, between "William See, Freedman" from I. H. Drennan and includes: whiskey, knives, shoes, blankets, sugar, flour, nails, an axe, boys shoes and assorted items.

2. An autograph letter signed, four full pages, octavo, February 12, 1870, addressed to "My dear cousin Cee", from Dinah Prescott in Washington, DC. She writes in very small part: "I suppose luck has followed you as you are master of land... and prosper... you have not lost a bit of fondness for your relations... This is the first bit of silver I have seen since the war and I intend to get a piece of furniture with it... I must tell you of a misfortune in the family. On Christmas eve we had a visit from Aunt Bestsy's daughter Rose... she had been sick for a long while... after much suffering she died on the 2nd day of February and leaves me three helpless little children... give my love to Jane and the children and tell her not to let them forget us... "

3. An autograph letter signed, two pages, octavo, March 2, 1871, on House of Representatives letterhead, from C.G. George (?), possibly another relative, addressed to "William See & Sis. He writes, mostly phonetically: ... "I will in forme you that (?) is daede and want you all to knact greive remembering save to all my peapel... I want to see the day come sure it will be hear when your cousins freedom is good as any man... "

4. Partly printed document, one page, 8" x 7", October 1, 1881, Calvert, Texas, being a receipt on "Fuller & Connaughton stationary for shovels, nails and baking powder sold to Wm. See, marked paid.

An interesting insight into the lives of a Black family during the period immediately following the Civil War

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