A Guide to the John Moore Letters, 1837-1866
Originally educated as a physician, John Moore left his native Massachusetts to establish himself as a merchant in Talladega, Alabama. After losing all his property, Moore moved to Texas in 1855 and settled in Manchaca.
Composed of a typescript volume of correspondence, the John Moore Letters, 1837-1866, document life in the antebellum South. Letters addressed to his sister, Evelina Burleigh, and mother describe his life in Alabama as well as describing the potentialities of Texas, discussing soil, climate, market prices, and the social and educational status of Texans. The letters concern familial affairs, particularly his children’s progress in school.
This collection is open for research use.
John Moore Letters, 1837-1866, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
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