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Charles H. Test letters

 Collection — Folder: S1296
Identifier: S1296

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises photocopies of letters to Charles H. Test in Indiana ranging from 1840 to 1843, regarding his political career and abolitionism.


  • 1840-1843


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

Charles H. Test was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on July 9, 1802. About 1810, the Test family moved to Brookville, Indiana. John Test, his father, was a judge in Indiana as well as a U.S. Congressman. Charles Test passed the bar in Indiana in 1822. Two years later, he married his first wife, Rebecca Davis and they had at least three children: Caroline, Thaddeus, and Ellen. In 1842, Charles married his second wife, Elizabeth Moore and they had three children: Charles, Lydia, Rebecca, and Edmond. Test spent much of his life in civil service, holding the positions of state representative (1826-1827); judge of the 6th circuit (1830-1836); state senator (1840-1841); Indiana secretary of state (1849-53); judge of the 12th circuit (1857-70); and Marion County criminal court judge (1872-74). He also authored a novel entitled The Novice. Test died on October 10, 1885.


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 the Lilly Library, Indiana University.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/06/22 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid completed 2017/06/22 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2017/06/27 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.