BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: David and Hiriam Seely were brothers. David spent time employed at the Seven Rivers Mine in Galena [Illinois], while Hiriam was more itinerate, travelling between Galena, St. Louis, and New Orleans. An 1829 letter has David’s place of residence listed as Green County, perhaps in Kentucky, or referring to Greene County, Missouri.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: The collection contains 14 letters, mostly between the brothers David and Hiriam Seely. Three letters are written by other people; Gilbert James, Phinehas James, and James C. H., all of who appear to be friends or acquaintances of the Seely brothers. The letters span from 1825 – 1829 cover facets of life in St. Louis, MO., Galena, IL., and New Orleans, LA. The letters cover work, family matters, money-making schemes and money problems.
HOLDINGS: 0.5 linear feet
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