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    Joseph Wallace Large Archive spanning from 1834-1861 and containing nearly 90 letters, documents, and various manuscripts related to Joseph Wallace of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The archive contains content regarding politics (including one letter with 1840 Ohio election results), western travel, and western life. Letters also mention interesting current events, such as news of railroad accidents and the transatlantic telegraph cable. All items have been well-cared-for. Many of the letters were written by Wallace's brother-in-law, Joseph Cummins who moved west with his family from the Harrisburg area to Ohio. In one of the earliest letters of the archive (July 5, 1834), Cummins writes Wallace an account of his journey from Pennsylvania to "this western country" of Ohio. The journey included travel by rail ("we crossed on the rail road over the Allegheny Mountains to Johnstown"), packet boat to Pittsburg, and steamboat to Cincinnati ("Cincinnati is the Philadelphia of the West"). The family eventually arrived at Sidney, Ohio - "our new place" - by carriage. After his arrival, Cummins became engaged in "Merchandizing, tanning, & farming", where he did "a tolerable fair business, but the change of times has shut [?] upon every kind of business here (except slaveing [sic])." In another letter (1840), Cummins writes of politics, "A change of the government, would add to confidence, give a better tone of feeling. . . . I look forward with flattering feelings as to the prospects of success in Harrison & Tyler. . . . The present times is making Whigs or Harrison & T. men, more rapidly than any other thing."

    Many of the remaining letters were written by Wallace to various family and friends. Examples of other items included: a manuscript written by Wallace and entitled "Probability of the U.S. Government's Duration" (May 14, 1838); documents from the Harrisburg counsel chamber; a document regarding the Pennsylvania canal commission (1839); and a "Recipe for Painting [whitewash]".

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