Cover

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

I should like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have helped in various ways to bring this project to fruition. To begin with, Stan Deaton, of the Georgia Historical Society, and Dale L. Couch, of the Manuscripts Department of the Georgia Division of Archives and History, kindly provided me with copies of the letters that appear in this volume. ...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xxxix

Ever since her death in 1875 at the age of eighty-four, Mary Telfair has enjoyed a dual reputation as one of the best known, and at the same time one of the least known, of her generation of southern women. In Savannah, Georgia,where she lived for most of her adult life, her enduring fame is that of a cultural and charitable benefactress who bequeathed the Telfair family ...

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Editorial Note on the Texts

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p. xli

The William Few Collection, which is found in the Georgia Department of Archives and History (Manuscripts Section), contains 292 letters known to have been written by Mary Telfair to Mary Few between 1802 and 1844.1 Unfortunately, only ninety-six of them are fully dated. Most of the remainder include the month and day but not the year of their composition. ...

The Telfair and Few Families

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p. xliii

The Letters

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Dated Letters

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pp. 3-250

I received your letter by Mrs. Houston, dated October 28th & am much obliged to you for your attention in writing me. I hope you will favor me with a letter often. We had a pleasant passage of ten days. I was much disappointed not seeing Papa he arrived the day after us. He was in bad health but has recovered very fast. I am very sorry to hear that your Mama ...

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Undated Letters

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pp. 251-300

Many of Mary Telfair's letters indicated only the day and month but not the year in which they were written. Contemporary postmarks did likewise. Internal references to births, deaths, marriages, and other known events as well as to various works read and cited by Mary Telfair for which publication dates are known enable us to narrow down the time frame in which ...

Index

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pp. 301-317