Manuscripts Division William L. Clements Library University of Michigan
Finding aid for Julia Atwood Letters, 1839-
Finding aid created by Meg Hixon, July 2011
Title: Julia Atwood letters Creator: Atwood, Julia Tyler, b. 1822 Inclusive dates: 1839- Extent: 3 items Abstract:
This collection consists of three letters in which Connecticut women recounted events from their daily lives from 1839 to 1841. Of particular interest is a letter written by a young woman describing a lecture she attended, which featured speeches by Mary Gove Nichols, Jason Lee, and a Native American from the Pacific Northwest.
Language: The material is in English Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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Access and Use
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
Julia Atwood Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Julia Atwood was born on November 9, 1822, in Mansfield, Connecticut, to Anson S. Atwood and Sarah Palmer (Atwood). She had two siblings, Anson Palmer and Sarah Palmer. During the early 1840s, she attended school in Hartford, Connecticut.
Collection Scope and Content Note
In the collection's three letters, Julia Atwood and two of her correspondents wrote about daily life and community news in early 19th century Connecticut. In a 4-page closely written letter dated January 26, 1839, Julia's friend Susan wrote that she and her family attended a series of lectures given by Mrs. Gove (Mary Gove Nichols) regarding physiology and other medical subjects. Mrs. Gove mentioned that she thought it would be a good idea to have an "Abolition Society" to abolish stays, and that tea and coffee were "very injurious." Susan also wrote about the lecture she attended given by "Mr. Lee" (Jason Lee) who went to the Oregon Territory with 3 other missionaries in 1834 to Christianize the Indians. They traveled on horseback for four and a half months from St. Louis, Missouri, to Oregon. After Lee's lecture, a Flathead Indian youth who came east with Lee spoke about the white people's talk of "pour Indians who …did not know about Jesus Christ," though he had seen white children play on the Sabbath since his arrival in Connecticut.
Julia Atwood wrote her cousin, Elvira Palmer, on September 9, 1840, and discussed her love of music; she also provided social news from Hartford, Connecticut. Atwood related an acquaintance's fear following an injury that "he would have to have his limb taken off it was so badly broken they could not make it heal. Oh dear, it will [be] dreadful if that should be the case." In the collection's final letter, Julia's mother chastised her for a lack of correspondence and gave a short update on her own life in Mansfield, Connecticut.