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William A. Patterson Papers, 1879-1881

Manuscript Collection #720

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Title: William A. Patterson Papers
Creator: Patterson, William A
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Correspondence (1879-1881) written from Wilmington, NC
Extent: 0.055 Cubic feet, 31 items , consisting of correspondence and miscellaneous materials.

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Accessions Information

January 9, 1996, 31 items; Correspondence (1879-1881) written from Wilmington, NC. Gift of Ms. Connie Henderson Fitz, South Pomfret, VT.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

William A. Patterson Papers (#720), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Ms. Connie Henderson Fitz

Processing Information

  • Processed by David Adam, February 1997

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

William A. Patterson was born in Milton, Caswell County, NC, and was an equal partner in the commission merchant and grocer firm of Patterson and Hicks in Wilmington, NC. This collection is largely comprised of correspondence from Patterson to his sweetheart, Olivia Russell Hargrove, of Townesville, Granville County, NC. Patterson died in 1881.

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The letters describe various aspects of nineteenth century courtship, including the couple's meeting through friends and relatives, and a picnic in Townsville. Numerous letters mention tuberculosis and Patterson's experience with the disease, including weakness, chills, and coughing (August 16, 1879-September 8, 1881). The correspondence also describes traveling to the North Carolina towns that Patterson visited for his work, including Laurinburg, Lumberton, Turnpike, Wilson, and Tate Springs, where Patterson retreated to recover from his disease (June 27, 1881). Also mentioned are Patterson's Presbyterian faith and the weather.

Also included are Patterson's portrait, a newspaper clipping with Patterson's obituary, and religious cards.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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