Della Barlow Papers, 1866-1872

Manuscript Collection #107

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Della Barlow Papers
Creator: Barlow, Della
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1866-1872) consisting correspondence to suitor, romantic and personal letters, receipt, bill of scale, difficulty of making train connection, dispute between older and younger, etc.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 65 items , correspondence, receipt, and a bill of sale.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

January 13, 1970, 65 items; Papers consisting of correspondence (1866-1872). Gift of Mrs. J. L. Johnson, Wilmington, N.C., and Mrs James A. Doggett, Greensboro, N.C.

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

Della Barlow Papers (#107), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. J. L. Johnson and Mrs James A. Doggett

Processing Information

  • Processed by C. Stearns; I. Berent, January 1981

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

The collection consists of the correspondence of Miss Della Barlow of Tarboro, N.C., and her suitor, Col. John M. Perry, a lawyer living in Beaufort, N.C.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The letters primarily are of a romantic and personal nature with occasional references to political, economic, and social matters of the day.

Miss Barlow and Col. Perry began their courtship in 1860 and renewed it at the close of the Civil War. Col. Perry's letters to Miss Barlow (1864, 1866-1868) are far more numerous than hers to him (1867-1868) and are more likely to contain allusions to events of general interest.

Perry comments on the economic hard times in the area (April 2 and 5,1867) and the poor cotton crop (April 26, June 9, July 9, 1867), reconstruction government in the state (August 18 and 30, September 1, 1867), the military rule of General Daniel E. Sickles (May 17, July 18, 1867), the political turmoil of the times, and the prospect of Negro rule (April 2, 1867). He calls Beaufort dull and unprogressive (April 13, 1867), "fast becoming a second rate fishtown" ; and he is not willing to invest in real estate there because of the uncertainty of the town's future (September 18, 1867). In response to the problems of sickness in the town, he gives a recipe for curing colds (December 21, 1867). Perry tells of the New England whalers who incurred the ire of the people of Beaufort by taking whales in the area (April 2 and 5, 1867). He comments on shipwrecks and the people of the Outer Banks called "wreckers" who make money by collecting and selling items washed ashore from stricken vessels (February 9, 1868).

Also included are references to the difficulty of making train connections between Beaufort and Tarboro (June 2, 1867), and disputes between older and younger members of a church congregation in Beaufort (April 2 and 7, 1867). Perry also describes a "colored" baptism ceremony, and comments on the blacks' "excitable temper" (April 2, 1867).

Of all the letters in the Barlow collection, only two are not correspondence between Barlow and Perry. One is a letter from Perry to Col. Thomas S. Kenan in Kenansville containing a humorous recipe for turtle soup (May 20, 1867). The other is a love letter from Samuel L. Chissom of Galveston, Texas, to Miss Barlow (July 7, 1867).

Included in the papers is a receipt for payment for dwelling repairs (1871) and a bill of sale for purchases at Mrs. M. E. Bond's store (1872) in Tarboro.

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Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entry :

  • North Carolina, Tarboro

Autograph Entry :

  • Kenan, Tho[mas] S[tephen] 1867

Subject Entries :

  • AGRICULTURE--Cotton--Beaufort, N.C.
  • BEAUFORT, N.C.
  • BUSINESS AND COMMERCE--Depressions--1867--Beaufort, N.C.
  • BUSINESS AND COMMERCE--Ships and Shipping--Shipwrecks
  • BUSINESS AND COMMERCE--Whaling
  • CLOTHING AND DRESS--Prices--1872
  • CONSERVATION--Whaling
  • DISASTERS--Shipwrecks--1868
  • FOLKLORE--Home Economics--Recipes
  • HEALTH AND MEDICINE--Cures--Beaufort, N.C.
  • RECONSTRUCTION--Politics and Government
  • RELIGION--Beaufort, N.C.
  • TRANSPORTATION--Railroads--1867

Date Entry :

  • 1866-1868

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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