Horry travel letter

Abstract

The Horry travel letter (dated 1871 January 29; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 item) comprises a detailed letter written by a man named either Horry or Howy describing his travel through the eastern United States from New Hampshire to Iowa.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Horry travel letter
Date
1871 January 29
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Railroad accidents -- United States
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Finding Aid Author
Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
2021ms018: [identification of item], Horry travel letter, 1871 January 29, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
The "Horry" travel letter (dated 1871 January 29; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 item) comprises a detailed letter written by a man named either "Horry" or "Howy" describing his travel through the eastern United States from New Hampshire to Iowa. Horry seems to have been sent to collect debts for his company. The letter describes social encounters and flirtations, scenery, and crops. Writing from his destination in Iowa, he recounts his journey: he sets out first from New Hampshire to New York and on to Maryland, then west to Harper's Ferry, where he describes lingering evidence of the Civil War. He describes cabins, formerly inhabited by enslaved persons, surrounding plantation houses. He describes an encounter with a woman and her father who lost their wealth during Reconstruction. As they traveled west into the Appalachians, they have an unexpected encounter when their train ran into a stationary freight train that was on the wrong track. The fireman of the train was badly injured, and some passengers were bruised, but there were no apparent fatalities. After securing another train, Horry travelled on to Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky, which he describes in some detail.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

"Horry" travel letter, 1871 January 29

  • Box MS-49, folder 1
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