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G.W. Pierce letter about Cincinnati, 1829

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G.W. Pierce letter about Cincinnati, 1829

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George Washington Pierce, visiting the West, looking for a site for his law practice and his future, wrote to his parents from Cincinnati, which he termed "the very heart of all the West."

Pierce wrote, "She commands the trade, the literature, and I had almost said the politics of all this country."

He told his parents that if he remained in the West, it would be in Cincinnati. Still, he noted that the people in the West and in the South "hate New England." He wrote that any misfortune is blamed on New England and that the term "Yankee" was used derisively.

Pierce graduated from Bowdoin College, studied law for a year with his brother, Josiah, in Gorham; studied with Stephen Longfellow in Portland, and attended the Law School at Northampton, Massachusetts.

He dated the letter "Jany 30 1828," but it actually was written in 1829.

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  • Title: G.W. Pierce letter about Cincinnati, 1829
  • Creator: Pierce, George W.
  • Creation Date: 1829-01-30
  • Subject Date: 1829
  • Town: Cincinnati
  • State: OH
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Collection: Pierce Family Collection
  • Object Type: Text

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