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Letters from J. S. W. Parkin in St. Stephens, Alabama, to John R. Parker and Parkin’s sister in Boston.

In the first letter, written to Parker, Parkin discusses the growth of the Alabama Territory and its pending statehood: "We are so completely at the jumping off place of this world that we have nothing passing here that can interest any one at a distance. The Territory is increasing fast in population and we shall become a state at the next session of Congress." He also explains that H. Hitchcock, his brother-in-law and a member of the constitutional convention, will soon be visiting Boston. In the second letter, written below the first, Parkin sends his sister brief greetings and mentions that several people will be visiting or writing soon with more news. A transcript is included.

Creator: J.S.W. Parkin Letters
Date: 1819 May 15
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Letter

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