Grimes, Iowa, Victorian Era, Civil War, America, 1860, Burlington, Lee, Religion, Death, 19th Century
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Dec. 5th 1860
This is a letter from Elizabeth Grimes, wife of James Grimes, she’s sending it in response to recently learning about the death of another friend. In this letter, she is saying kind words about her virtuous late friend, religion, and sheds light on the process of mourning in the Victorian era of America. Additionally, there is some information about the state of the government at the time as the letter is written just 15 days before the secession of South Carolina from the Union and 4 months before the beginning of the civil war.
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Grimes, Elizabeth S., " Elizabeth Grimes, letter, death, and mourning" (1860). Spring 2022 Iowa Documents Class Projects. 6.