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Charles Arbuckle to Lewis Allen Alderson

Charles Arbuckle to Lewis Allen Alderson
Date: November 1831-August 1832
These four letters are from Charles Arbuckle to Lewis Allen Alderson. Arbuckle writes from Alderson's hometown of Lewisburg, West Virginia. In the letters, Arbuckle encourages Alderson to propose to Miss Lucy B. Miles, whom Alderson marries the day after he graduates from the University of Ohio in 1832. Arbuckle states that "an amiable woman next to religion is man's greatest consolation" but he seeks to remain a bachelor himself. Arbuckle also attended the Staunton Convention leading up to the election of 1832. Alderson later moved to Atchison, Kansas, in 1858 and was a prominent Baptist minister. He died in Atchison in 1881.


J. W. McClung to Lewis Allen Alderson

J. W. McClung to Lewis Allen Alderson
Date: August 1, 1829
A letter written to Lewis Allen Alderson from his friend J. W. McClung. Alderson was studying at the University of Ohio in Athens at the time, and McClung wrote seeking information on classes, expenses, and necessary qualifications. McClung claims his current tutor, Reverend John H. Hendren, is a most strict teacher. Lewis Allen Alderson later moved to Atchison, Kansas in 1858 and was a prominent Baptist minister. He died in Atchison in 1881. A searchable transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


John Abney North to Lewis Allen Alderson

John Abney North to Lewis Allen Alderson
Date: February 24, 1831
This is a letter addressed to Lewis Allen Alderson, a student in Athens, Ohio, from John Abney North in Lewisburg, (West) Virginia. North is seeking repayment for debts accrued by George Kelly. Alderson later moved to Atchison, Kansas, in 1858 and was a prominent Baptist minister. He died in Atchison in 1881.


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