Henry Hill papers 1872-1873
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All of the 25 letters in the Hill papers were written by Henry Hill to his daughter, Mary (Hill) Leake, between 1872 and 1873, in a conscious effort to document his life. Starting with reminiscences of his family's move from Saybrook, Conn., to Newburgh, N.Y., in 1784, the letters chronicle Hill's recollections up to 1871. Because the letters were meant to serve as a family history, many of them are simply lists of people, places, and dates. However, there are some interesting descriptions of Hill's travels in France and voyage to South America.