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Somers Sewall letter to mother, Boston, 1865

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Somers Sewall wrote from Boston to his his mother, Lucretia Day Sewall, in Mobile, Alabama. Somers (1843-1867) was working in Boston, hoping to make his fortune.

His parents, Lucretia and Kiah Sewall, had moved to Mobile in 1839 where Kiah worked as a lawyer. Some of the children and Lucretia returned frequently to her parents' home in Portland. Somers went to school at the Maine Methodist Seminary in Kent's Hill.

Sewall wrote about his abolitionist views and the pro-Confederate views of his sister Lucretia (1845-1873). He wrote that he cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln's re-election as president.

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  • Title: Somers Sewall letter to mother, Boston, 1865
  • Creator: Sewall, Somers
  • Creation Date: 1865-06-20
  • Subject Date: 1865-06-20
  • Town: Boston
  • County: Suffock
  • State: MA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 25 cm x 20 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 105, Box 3/5
  • Collection: Sewall family papers
  • Object Type: Text

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