||0.25 linear feet
from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Manuscripts and Archives
7-2005; MN, 9-30-2011
||Digital collection, William Plummer Letters
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The collection includes seven letters written by William
Plummer in Wichita, Kansas, and sent to his brother, friends, and parents in
Pennsylvania. The letters were written between 1870 and 1874 and discuss a
variety of topics including Plummer's health, his work and farming
experiences, and the weather and women in Wichita. Also includes one letter
believed written by his sister Lizzie in 1872.
Detailed Description: Series Listing
||Box 1 FF 1-7
Plummer Letters. The collection includes seven letters written by William
Plummer in Wichita, Kansas, and sent to his brother, friends, and parents
in Pennsylvania. 1870-1874
||Box 1 FF 8
Family Letter. The collection includes one letter believed written by William's
sister Lizzie and "Mama." 1872.
Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing
Series 1 ‒ William Plummer Letters
Plummer to his brother, December 2, 1870. In the letter Plummer discusses
his health, the weather, and his employment.
Plummer to his brother, December 20, 1870. Plummer discusses his business
experiences while in Kansas and encourages his brother to continue to study
and read. The letter also discusses women, Plummer's health, and an upcoming
Plummer [signed Brother Sniffles(?)] to his brother, January 28, 1871. This
letter discusses the weather, women, the "smutty sheet," "Soiled
Doves," and his disappointment in his brother's writing and spelling. Other
items of interest mentioned are the Vidette newspaper and a grand Masonic
Ball in Augusta.
Plummer to his brother, February 17, 1871. Plummer discusses the weather,
his experiences farming, the costs of farming, and offers advice to his
brother on moving west.
Plummer to his brother, April 23, 1871. In this letter Plummer asks his
brother to continue to take his mother and sisters to church; he also mentions
the weather, his health, women, and musicians.
Plummer to his "Friends at Home," May 31, [no year given]. The
letter discusses how rain reminds him of home and mentions an upcoming church
Plummer to his parents, June 2, 1874. Letter discusses Plummer's health,
how he misses home, grist mills, and the weather. There is also mention
of a murder trial, but no further discussion in the letter.
Series 2 ‒ Plummer Family Letter
to her brother,
June 30, 1872. It is believed the letter is written by William Plummer's
sister Lizzie to their brother Col. The letter discusses Will's health,
news of Louise, and sewing. The back page is a letter from "Mama."
Envelope is included.