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Title Miscellaneous Manuscripts: Daniel Helm Letters, 2 May 1841 - 20 June 1854
Reference Daniel Helm Papers, volume 3, Misc. mss. boxes "H"
Collection Helm, Daniel G. Papers, 1840-1854
Library American Antiquarian Society
Date 1841-1854
Author(s) Helm, Daniel. G
Description Eleven letters, written by Daniel Helm to relatives back home spanning the period between 2 May 1841 to 20 June 1854. The first two letters, dated 2 May and 29 May 1841 supplement that which was written in the first diary (volume 1). The next six letters span the period 17 October 1847 to 1 September 1849, while Helm was a land owner and teacher in and around Bedford, Kentucky. The next two letters, dated 1 June 1851 and 15 January 1853, coincide with the second diary (volume 2). The final letter, dated 20 June 1854 concerns his trip to Oneonta Village, New York to search for relatives. (Box "H")
Document Type Manuscript, Private Papers
Primary Commodity Miscellaneous
Sub-commodity Tobacco
Theme Exploration and Discovery
Keywords flora and fauna
Region North America
Places USA, New Orleans, Ohio
Additional Information Daniel G. Helm was born on 22 July 1815 in Wurtsboro, Sullivan County, New York. He was a book agent, farm labourer, itinerant peddler, teacher, and land owner. This collection contains two diaries and eleven letters that span the period from 29 December 1840 to 20 June 1854. The diaries detail his fascinating travels around the Mid-Atlantic States as a book agent and teacher. They also include details of the types of items bought and sold (pins, cap lace, needles, combs, buttons, German silver teas, fine gold jewellery such as finger rings, earrings, breast pins, fine cap border laces and Mantilla trimmings. The letters, some of which coincide with his diary entries, were sent to relatives from home.
Copyright American Antiquarian Society