Nathaniel Wickcliffe Letter
Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives.Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931
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[Identification of item], Nathaniel Wickcliffe Letter, 1840, 93SC11,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.
This letter was written to Nathaniel Wickliffe of Bardstown April 2, 1840, from Shelbyville, Shelby County, in the Republic of Texas.
The writer's signature is among fragments missing from the letter, leaving him unidentified. The writer apparently was a friend of Wickliffe and a native of Bardstown. He wrote to Wickliffe seeking to know his standing with the citizens of Bardstown.
The writer seemed to be in some serious difficulties with the law in Bardstown and possibly had gone to Texas as a fugitive. He made reference to troubles relating to his connection to an unidentified woman, and voiced his suspicion that his legal difficulties were connected to his membership in the Catholic Church. References in the letter possibly indicate that the writer was believed to have committed murder.
A note with the letter concerning its provenance identified Wickliffe as a son-in-law of General Ben Logan.
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