William A. Patterson Papers, 1879-1881

Manuscript Collection #720

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

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    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.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

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

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Ms. Connie Henderson Fitz

    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.

    Processing Information

    Processed by David Adam, February 1997

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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