Samuel Batchelder letters 1893
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This collection consists of three letters written by Samuel Batchelder to his wife Mary during his visit to Chicago for the final days of the 1893 World's Fair. Batchelder wrote on the Hotel Trenton’s stationery, and composed the letters on three consecutive days: October 29, 30, and 31, 1893.

Batchelder briefly shared his impressions of the exhibition, though he believed it impossible to fully describe his experiences within the scope of a short letter. He focused primarily on news from the fair, which officially closed during his stay, and twice mentioned the assassination of Chicago mayor, Carter Henry Harrison, Jr. He also described a ride on "the big Wheel," a visit to the New Hampshire pavilion, and his belief that Chicago was the "wickedest City in the U. S." (October 30, 1893).

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