Letter from Secretary Gideon Welles to his son Thomas

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Written by
Welles, Gideon, American, 1802 - 1878
Received by
Welles, Thomas Gideon, American, 1845 - 1892
Medium
ink on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions
H x W (Open): 7 × 8 15/16 in. (17.8 × 22.7 cm)
H x W (Closed): 7 × 4 7/16 in. (17.8 × 11.2 cm)
Type
letters (correspondence)
Place made
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date
March 5, 1865
Description
This is a personal letter from Gideon Welles to his son Thomas. This is a bifolio letter written in dark ink on off-white colored paper. The letter is dated at the top right:[Washington / 5th March 1865] and begins [My Dear Tom]. The letter's text fills the front page, both inside pages and half the back page. The letter congratulates Thomas on his recent military promotion and recounts the recent inauguration of President Lincoln: [The inauguration passed off pleasantly and well. There was a great crowd, exceeding any previous one I have ever witnessed at an inauguration].
Topic
African American
Correspondence
Families
Fatherhood
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2018.35.2.6
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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Classification
Documents and Published Materials
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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