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    Letter thanking Sensenbrenner for his message of congratulation.
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    William Wilson writes to Miss. Mary E. Abercrombie regarding the Helen [spelling?] boys, for whom he is currently the legal guardian. He says that he will "take steps at once to come in possession of any property that they may be hair to of their grand mothers estate." He asks for his apprenticeship application to be reviewed and for the names of their parents, grandparents, and mother's full maiden name. Typed at the top of the page, "Answered Aug. 4, 1905." Letter marked Mayfield, KY.
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    W. S. Ryland writes to Hollingsworth on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson and Miss Hayes. He states that Hayes inquires about her brother, Henry Hayes, who is about 10 years old and who was born in "this county," "abandoned, or turned loose," by his guardian, and has since disappeared. She thinks he could be placed in the Home. Ryland does not remember the guardian's name. He also states that "the little girl I wrote about some time ago, will not come, as her father is gone off somewhere, and it is feared he might give trouble." Girl likely refers to Lena Brown, whose mother is dead and whose father is poor. Letter marked Russelville, KY.
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    Letter to Mary Hollingsworth from William L. Dulaney in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Dulaney writes on the business of the Circuit Court and trusts that "the little boy shall be well cared for."
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    A contract hiring several people enslaved by William Christian Bullitt to Cottonwood plantation, to work for Archibald Dixon, dated January 1st, 1865. The following enslaved people were loaned out: Dick, Armstead, Billy, Ike, Bill, John Gordon, and Frank (who is blind). The following children were also loaned to Dixon: Nelly, Bobb, Alfred, Harrison, and Jack. Rody, Lizzy, and Rose with her four children were also hired.
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    Follow-up letter from 20 September 1895. Broughton says that they have "this day had papers excuted [sic] plus acknolege [sic]" and says that his wife is well. Letter marked Prairie Grove, AR.
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    Broughton writes to Weller regarding his apparent recent visit to the Home. He says that his "wife had the misfortion [sic] to git crippeld [sic] vary bad" while he was gone, which will "delay in fixen up them papers for at least 2 weeks." He says that his wife is "well pleasd with his girl." Letter marked Prairie Grove, AR. In a letter from 28 Sept 1895, Broughton says that they have "this day had papers excuted [sic] plus acknolege [sic]" and says that his wife is well. Letter marked Prairie Grove, AR.
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    Letter from Samuel Wigglesworth, a physician from Boston, to his father Thomas Wigglesworth of Boston, written at Cleveland, Ohio, Cincinnati, on board Steamer "Elk" near Louisville and St. Louis. Wigglesworth travelled from Boston to Buffalo, then to Cleveland. He crossed the state of Ohio on the canal via Munroe Falls to Portsmouth near Cincinnati, where he took a boat down the Ohio River to visit the medical college and anatomical museum at Louisville. He passed through the canal and went aground every day en route to St. Louis, mentioning along the way the irregularity of steam boat arrivals and departures, robberies committed on the boats, manners of other passengers, and his care of a patient who was suffering with fever and ague at St. Louis.
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    Transmitting a Resolution of Congress for carrying into effect a survey directed to be made by Act of Congress; also a duplicate of an Act relative to negotiations and treaties with Indian tribes
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    Warren B. Nichols writes to Weller on behalf of Mrs. Fannie Carver, who lives in Scotsville, Allen Co., KY. He says that she would like to adopt a girl about 11 or 12 years old. Nichols says he has known her for 2 years and that she is a "fine Christian lady." He says he can write to her in Scotsville. Letter marked Settle, KY.
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    Letter to Dr. Burton from W. W. Warren of Lebanon, Kentucky, writing on adoption records. He and his wife have recently adopted a little girl, previously named Pearl Stansbury, now named Margaurite Warren, yet the court has no record of the adoption. If the matter isn't straigtened out, the child may lose $2000.
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    W. W. Jordan and Bell Jones writes to Weller regarding the Rogers children. They say that the children are "at Prepton on Chairty and Ney. Jones is simply able to support them," and asks for the Home to send the Apprentice bond to her. They say "we only beg for the bond" and that "as for a compromise it is useless to mention it to Jones he is now living with the fourth woman since he and sister Jones parted." Letter marked Hopkinsville, KY.
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    W. W. Free writes to Hollingsworth on behalf of Eaton, who "wants a girl from the Home," who is "13 or 14 years old healthy and of a good disposition." He asks for the necessary papers and offers a recommendation for "the family." Weller writes at the bottom, "Come to see us and make selection after we have considered the matter together" Mar 3/97. Letter marked Sulphur, KY.
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    W. T. McGill writes to the Home regarding Wilie Worh, a boy who they apparently adopted from the Home and are having trouble with. They say that Wilie says he will not stay unless they will "pay him wages as he is bent on having money of his own." He goes on to say that they have given him too much to pay him, and that any money they have given him he has spent on "tobaco and other trash." They want to send him to "a house of reform as soon as posible" and ask for the Home to advise. They specify that they want him to be treated well but "do not want to think of him as tramping over the world being misstreated and nocked about." Letter marked Sonora Hardin Co., KY.
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    Gaines writes to the Home inquiring about getting a boy to raise/use as a farmhand. He says that he has a wife and two grown daughters, and would provide the boy "the same treatment that farmers usually give their sons, with about the same educational advantages." Handwritten, "Ans 6/28/09, none suitable, M. E. A." Letter marked New Castle, KY.
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    Incomplete letter from J.H. Switzer.
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    Ryland writes on behalf of an unnamed man who is seemingly interested in getting a girl from the Home. The first part of the letter is missing, so the man's name is unavailable. Ryland also offers Reb. G. H. Burnett and Deacon David Childres to provide "reliable information in the case." Letter marked Russellville, KY.
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