See also UPA Microfilm 5322, Series I, Part 5 ANNA AND SARAH BUTLER CORRESPONDENCE (Mss. 581) Inventory Revised by Laura Clark Brown Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections Special Collection, Hill Memorial Library Louisiana State University Libraries Baton Rouge, Louisiana Revised 2009

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

Summary

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Biographical/Historical Note

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Scope and Content Note

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Index Terms

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Container List

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SUMMARY

Size.

1.5 linear feet.

Geographic locations.

Louisiana; Mississippi; Pennsylvania; New Haven, Connecticut; Paris, France; Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Inclusive dates.

1838-1861.

Bulk dates.

1843-1849.

Languages.

English.

Summary.

Antebellum letters to Judge Thomas Butler's daughters, Anna Eliza Butler and Sarah Jane Duncan Butler living in West Feliciana Parish, from socially prominent young women from Louisiana and Mississippi and from family members. Other letters were written by Anna and Sarah Butler to family.

Related collections.

Butler Family Papers, Mss. 1026 Butler (Thomas and Family) Papers, Mss. 2850 Gay-Butler-Plater Family Papers, Mss. 4872 Margaret Butler Correspondence, Mss. 1068 Robert Butler Poems, Mss. 1000, 3112 Robert O. Butler Papers, Mss. 1068 Thomas Butler Family Photographs and Plantation Journal, Mss. 4347 Thomas W. Butler Papers, Mss. 888

Copyright.

Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright of the original materials is retained by the creators of the materials, or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

Anna and Sarah Butler Correspondence, Mss. 581, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Stack location.

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Also available on.

UPA Microfilm 5322, Series I, part 5, reel 1.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE Anna Eliza Butler (1825-1902) and Sarah Jane Duncan Butler (1827-1888) were the daughters of Louisiana Judge Thomas Butler and Ann Butler. They lived at the Cottage in West Feliciana Parish near St. Francisville. SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE The letters received by Anna and Sarah Butler from friends and family (1838-1861) reflect the social life and customs of antebellum Louisiana. Letters written by Anna and Sarah from their Louisiana home and during travels chronicle their social and personal lives, provide news from families and friends, describe local activities and allude to national events. The correspondents write about sickness, epidemics, deaths, marriages, visits from prominent persons, social events, travel and the Mexican War.

INDEX TERMS Baines, Mary Black, Julia Bliss, Betty Bliss, William Wallace Smith, 1815-1853 Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876 Bragg, Elise Ellis Buena Vista, Battle of, 1847 Butler, Ann Butler, Anna Eliza Butler, Edward G. Butler, Margaret Butler, Richard E. Butler, Robert Butler, Sarah Jane Duncan Butler, Thomas Cholera--Louisiana Cockran, J.B. Conner, Mary L. The Cottage De Bonneville, Ann C. Ellis, Abram Epidemics--Louisiana Fort Livingston (La.) Grand Terre Island (La.) Lafourche Parish (La.) Le Carpe Plantation (La.) Letters Mercer, Anna Farar, 1796-1839 Mexican War, 1846-1848 Natchez (Miss.) Plantation life--Louisiana Plantations--Louisiana--Terrebonne Parish Plantations--Louisiana--West Feliciana Parish Prosser, E.C. Skiles, Eliza Bell Sterling, W.R. Taylor, L.L.

Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850 Terrebone Parish (La.) West Feliciana Parish (La.) Women--Southern States--Correspondence Women--Southern States--Social life and customs--1775-1865 Yellow fever--Louisiana Yale College Young, Eliza Young, Jane

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Letters to Anna from cousins Jane Young, Mary L. Conner and Elise Ellis, sister Margaret Butler, mother Ann Butler, and friends Mary Baines at Ursuline Convent and W.R. Sterling (1838-1842).

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Letters to Anna Butler and to Sarah Butler from cousins Mary L. Conner and Jane Young, and from mother Ann Butler with mention of yellow fever in Donaldsonville. Letter to Sarah Butler from Anna Butler (1843).

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Letters to Anna Butler from cousin Jane Young, brother Richard E. Butler, father Thomas Butler, and mother Ann Butler. Manuscript of a Valentine's day poem. Invitation to Anna and Sarah Butler (1844).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from cousins Mary L. Conner and Elise Ellis. Letters to Anna Butler from cousins Elise Ellis and Jane Young, brother Richard E. Butler, sister Sarah Butler, and friend L.L.Taylor (1845).

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Letters to Anna Butler from cousins Elise Ellis, Jane Young, and Eliza B. Skiles, and from brother Richard Butler with mentions of whooping cough, the Mexican War and attitudes of Louisiana volunteers serving in the army. Letters to Sarah Butler from cousin Elise Ellis (January-June 1846).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from cousin Elise Ellis and mother Ann Butler. Letters to Anna Butler from cousins Jane Young, Elise Ellis, Richard G. Ellis, and Eliza B. Skiles and from mother Ann Butler (July-December 1846).

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Letters to Anna Butler from cousins Elise Young, Elise Ellis, Jane Young, Eliza Skiles and Mary Conner and from friend Ann de Bonneville with mention of Zachary Taylor, Santa Anna and the battle at Buena Vista. Sarah Butler from Ann Butler (January-July 1847).

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Letters to Anna Butler from mother Ann Butler, brother Richard Butler, and cousins Jane Young, Eliza Skiles and Mary Conner. Letters to Sarah Butler from friend Julia Black, cousins Elise Ellis and Anna Mercer.

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Obituary for Eliza B. Skiles. Letters to Anna Butler from cousins Eliza B.

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Skiles, Jane Young and Anna Mercer, uncle Robert Butler and a friend aboard the Steamboat Magnolia. Letters to Sarah Butler from cousin Elise Ellis and from L.L. Taylor (January-July 1848).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from cousins Elise Ellis and Anna Mercer. Letters to Anna Butler from sister Sarah Butler, cousins Mary Skiles and Jane Young and sister Mary Butler and L.L. Taylor (August-December 1848).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from cousins [Susan] Conner and Elise Ellis, mother Ann Butler, sister Mary Butler and aunt M.G. Ellis. Letters to Anna Butler from E.C. Prosser and cousin Jane Young (January-April 1849).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from cousins [Susan] Conner, Elise Ellis Bragg with mention of husband Braxton Bragg, and Anna Elliot, from mother Ann Butler and friend at Pointe Coupee. Letters to Anna Butler from E.C. Prosser with mention of cholera epidemics, brother Edward Butler, brother Robert Butler at Yale and sister Mary Butler. Invitation to an Odd Fellows Ball (May-December 1849).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from brother Robert Butler at Yale, mother Ann Butler, cousins [?], [?] Conner, sister Anna Butler, S.E. Butler at Le Carpe Plantation and sister Mary Butler. Letter to Anna Butler from Colonel W.W.S. Bliss (1850-1851).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from S.E. Butler with mention of typhus and measles, Amelia Metcalfe, brother Richard Butler, cousins Anna Elliot, mother Ann Butler, and sister Mary Butler. Letter to Anna Butler from J.B. Cochran of Providence, Louisiana (January-April 1852).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from S.E. Butler, brother Richard Butler, [?] Metcalfe, sister Anna Butler and cousin Anna M. Johnston of Pecan Bayou. Letters to Anna Butler from W.W.S. Bliss (May-December 1852).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from sister Anna Butler, Mary Byrons, mother Ann Butler, and brother Edward Butler. Letters to Anna Butler from W.W.S. Bliss, Betty Bliss, L.L. Taylor with mention of yellow fever epidemic, and mother Ann Butler (1853).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from sister Anna Butler, C. [?] Bell, S. E. Butler, brother Edward Butler, and mother Ann Butler with manuscript note about camellias (1854-June 1856).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from sister Anna Butler, mother Ann Butler, brother Robert Butler and friends (July-December 1856).

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Letter to Anna Butler from Dr. [?] Wood. Letters to Sarah Butler from sister Anna Butler, friends, and cousins (1857).

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Letter to Anna Butler from brother Robert Butler in Paris. Letter to Sarah Butler from brother Edward Butler at Fort Livingston, Louisiana which he describes (1858, 1861).

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Letter to Sarah Butler from Braxton Bragg (undated).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from Elise Ellis Bragg (undated).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from Anna Mercer (undated)

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Letters to Sarah Butler from William Mercer (undated).

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Letters to Sarah Butler from Eliza Young (undated).

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Miscellaneous letters received by Anna and Sarah Butler (undated).

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Miscellaneous letters received by Sarah and Anna Butler. Invitation and manuscript poem (undated)

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Miscellaneous letters received by Sarah and Anna Butler (undated).

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Manuscript concerning canals (undated).

MF 5322

UPA Microfilm 5322, Series I, part 5, Reel 1