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Asa Blair papers

Call Number: MS 84
Scope and Contents

The Reverend Asa Blair Papers consist primarily of letters he wrote to his wife, Mira Ann (Raymond) Blair, as he traveled in the United States seeking a climate to improve his health. Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. are among the cities Blair visited, and he commented extensively on both the locale and the inhabitants. In a letter of May 1, 1822, for example, he wrote "that Washington is behind no other place in wickedness-" Even some of the members of congress had stimulated too much to walk straight & swore like pirates." Blair also wrote of slavery and the lack of interest in religion in the Southern cities. Of special interest is his letter of December 2, 1822, in which he speaks of using opium to combat his illness.

Also included in the papers are letters to Mira (Raymond) Blair (1827-1848), and legal documents of Mira R. Blair and John Raymond, her father.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Related Names
Blair, Asa, 1784-1823
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