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Abagail Burnell letters, 1855-1857

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Collection Scope and Content

The letters from Burnell to her mother are handwritten in phonetic English with many traditional misspellings. In most cases, a typed transcription including the misspelled words accompanies the letter. The topics of the letters include visits from neighbors, the importance of rest, chopping firewood, and how difficult it is to write when tired.

Biographical/Historical Note

Abagail Burnell lived in Norway, Maine.