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Jacob Garretson letter

 Collection — Folder: S0504
Identifier: S0504

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a January 17, 1852 letter written by J. Garretson of Philadelphia and sent to "Theo". His letter recounts his experiences and observations during a trip through Ohio and Indiana. He notes the depressed wheat prices in Ohio and that Indiana was in much better condition with the pork trade being the staple of the state. He shares his thoughts about his visits to Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Vincennes, and Madison, Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio. He also mentions the fact that the Ohio River was frozen over for the first time since 1838 and he relates his travels back to Philadelphia by railroad.


  • 1852/01/17


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Jacob Garretson was a merchant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born on March 8, 1816 and passed away on October 30, 1899. He was the son of Cornelius and Ann Garretson and he had a brother named Theodore (1824-1888). Research suggests that he is the "J. Garretson" who authored the letter in the collection.

Sources: "J Garrettson." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 18, 2016. "Jacob Garretson." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 18, 2016. "J Garrettson." Gillette-Yeager Ancestry. Accessed October 18, 2016. "Jacob Garretson." Find a Grave Index. Accessed October 18, 2016.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Conway Barker on 1968/10/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/18 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.