About the Digital Collection
Early letters discuss crops and the curing of tobacco; many of the letters for 1802-1804 concern the education of his son, Charles, and of John R. Lucas, a student at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Topics of interest are: Lucas's recounting of Great Britain's preparation for war during the Napoleonic period; fluctuations of wheat prices; effect of approaching Civil War on price levels; Confederate action near Romney, Virginia, under General T.J. ("Stonewall") Jackson; and lists of commodity prices.
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