1847 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A SOUTH CAROLINA MAN NOT HAPPY WITH THE LESS CIVILIZED, LESS HOSPITABLE ALABAMA WHICH HE IS DETERMINED TO MAKE HIS NEW HOME AND MEDICAL PRACTICE

By: DR. F.E. GORDON

Price: $1,655.99

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On offer is a super, significant ante bellum manuscript letter handwritten by Dr. F.E. Gordon, writing to his sister in Charleston, South Carolina about his new life in Marion, Alabama. Dated May 15, 1847 the four [4] page offers up a scathing review. Dr. Gordon [who would go on to be a noted member of the medical community in Marion for having published papers on fever and dysentery in a number of medical journals] had apparently just moved to Alabama from South Carolina to set up his medical practice. He writes of his wife Sarah and their young son bemoaning the fact that Alabama is a less civilized, less hospitable place than South Carolina. Here are some snippets: "Alabama differs much from S. Carolina, and in nothing more than in the general demoralization, which prevails. Public faith and private have long ago fallen into disrepute; and they are at present canvassing whether they shall repudiate the state debt, as Mississippi did a few years ago, or not. For my part I shall never cease to deplore the want of honesty and of refinement which are equally prevalent throughout this State. All the ceremonies which are so punctiliously kept up by the better classes in Charleston are unknown here; and those who pretend to lead the fashion and rule the politics of the state, would be dubbed "outer barbarians" in your native City. In Mobile you can find some good society, although the same moral tone pervades the most of that city." He says he is determined to make the best of it, however. He mentions that though there are few amusements, no theater or balls, save for events at the local schools: Howard College, Marion Female Seminary and the Judson Institute. He attends a series of lectures on Natural Philosophy and Chemistry given by Prof. Sherman at Howard College. He says he has also been called to court on cases to give "medical testimony." Folded for mailing, some small loss to a few letters from opening but overall G.

Title: 1847 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A SOUTH CAROLINA MAN NOT HAPPY WITH THE LESS CIVILIZED, LESS HOSPITABLE ALABAMA WHICH HE IS DETERMINED TO MAKE HIS NEW HOME AND MEDICAL PRACTICE

Author Name: DR. F.E. GORDON

Categories: 19th Century Ephemera, 19th Century Manuscript, Books and Manuscripts General Overview,

Publisher: MARION ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM AL, 1847

Book Condition: Good

Type: Manuscript

Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall

Seller ID: 0002411

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