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Object Name Letter
Catalog Number 2011.036.036
Collection Crutchfield letters Collection
Description A letter written from Thomas Crutchfield in Athens, TN to his son, William Crutchfield regarding the purchase of depot lots in Chattanooga and other business about the family. He said that he purchased land between Market and Rail Road Street (Broad Street) by the river. He states "I consider it the most valuable purchase I have ever made" and thinks the City of Chattanooga will be a "great place"once the rail road is completed. The letter insinuates that Crutchfield saw the potential for Chattanooga to become a profitable and important city in the Southeast.

The letter was folded in such a way that the back page acted as the envelope. The letter is addressed to Mr. William Crutchfield, Jacksonville, Ala. and has the name, "Mr. Martin" written in the lower-left corner because the letter was delivered in his care. Thomas Crutchfield included an abstract of the letter written across the left edge of the envelope. The letter also contains remnants of a red was seal.
Date 1847
Dates of Creation January 18, 1847
Extent of Description 7.87" x 10.00", 2 pages
Additional File Click here to view the transcription.
Accession number 2011.036