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    Margaret Mitchell Typed Letter Signed "Margaret" to historian Franklin Miller Garrett. One page, 6" x 9" [sight], May 3, 1949, Atlanta, Georgia, on Mitchell's personal stationery, concerning a claim about Georgia's racial history. This letter, written three years after the publication of Gone With the Wind and seven months before the film premiere, reads in part: "I am enclosing a letter recently received, for I thought some of the information in it might be of interest to you. Because of the manifold errors in the letter I have doubts as to the lady's statement that her father was the first white child born in Atlanta. You will notice that she says her grandfather had fifteen hundred slaves and the plantation covered the 'whole of Dahlonega County'. . . . However, knowing your interest in such matters, I am passing the letter on to you. Please return it when you have finished reading it." Margaret Mitchell, an Atlanta reporter and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, often worked and associated with Franklin Garrett. Garrett, the official Atlanta historian, authored Atlanta and Environs (1954), a massive multi-volume history of the city. Framed and matted together with two photographs of Mitchell to an overall size of 29.5" x 18". The letter, which is in fine condition, has not been examined outside of the frame.

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