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MS 235 John B. Crenshaw Papers

Correspondence between Crenshaw and Friends (many from North Carolina) who were conscripted into the Confederate Army and sought help in gaining their release during the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865).

Transcription for Folder H

Correspondence, Folder H

H1 

 

Perkins, N.T., Pikeville, NC, 1-3-65, concerns subscriptions to the Southern Friend. Reports on outcome of visit of John Hollowell to aid in obtaining release of Friends. Refers to W.T. Hales.

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Millikan, D.W. and Pool, H.B., Petersburg, 1-3-65, want to know if they will be allowed to pay tax.

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H3 

 

Lindley, Owen T., Chatham County, NC, 1-4-65, list of subscribers. Mentions that Isham Cox was receiving money for subscription to the Southern Friend.

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H4 

 

Rush, Asiel, G., Sawyersville, NC, 1-8-65, concerns subscription.

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H5 

 

Hales, W.T., near Petersburg, 1-8-65, letter to John Hollowell, describes torture, asks if Hollowell left money with Crenshaw for payment of tax and whether he had succeeded in getting anyone "off".

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Johnson, Thomas W., 1-10-65, refers to case of William A. Burgiss, efforts to get him released. Refers to subscriptions to the Southern Friend.

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H7 

 

Blair, Jesse M., Winder (?) Hospitle [sic]. 1-17-65, wants Crenshaw to let him know what Congress is doing for Quakers.

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Hollowell, John, Wayne County, 1-23-65, cover letter for $160 in subscription money for the Southern Friend. Refers to cases of Foldsom and Hales.

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Millikan, D.W. and Pool, H.B., camp near Petersburg, 1-24-65, describe condition and express desire that Congress "will do something for our relief soon."

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H10 

 

Foldsom, William F., camp near Petersburg, 1-29-65, wants to know what's holding up his discharge. An earlier letter from Crenshaw had informed him of payment and discharge.

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Betts, A.D., Chaplain, 30th NC, Cox's Brigade, 1-30-65, requests copies of the Southern Friend be sent to him, contains information he wishes to have.

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Mendenhall, Delphina, 1-30-65, informs Crenshaw she has sent A.E. Stanley's passport to him, expresses concern about sending food and clothing to suffering non-combatants notes dissention among Friends over whether payment of tax is right. Refers to visit of U.S. of English Friend Joseph James Neave.

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Mendenhall, Delphina, 2-10-65, encloses A.E. Stanley's first passport, reports successful disposition of slaves, tells of illness of her niece, Della Nixon.

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Perkins, N.T., 2-13-65, reports error in the Southern Friend, mentions visit of English Friend Joseph James Neave.

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Hinshaw, James, 2-13-65, requests papers for Mebane Hinshaw and William B. Hinshaw be given to Nathan Farlow and Nathan F. Spencer who were working on getting these two released. Refers to subscription.

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Davis, R.Y., 2-14-65, writes for members of Center Monthly Meeting asking information about regulations pertaining to members who joined the Society of Friends after 10-11-62.

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________, camp near Petersburg, 2-16-65, author unknown since 2nd page is missing, wants a witness for himself and A.J. Wall.

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H18 

 

Elliott, Aaron, 2-16-65, requests passport for son J.T. Elliott to go North, reports death of 16 year old son, Robert, of brain fever in 1st month 1865.

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Mendenhall, Delphina, 2-16-65, request passport for Moses Kersey and wife to go west, mentions coming visit of J.J. Neave.

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Hollowell, John, Wayne County, 2-17-65, repayment of tax to Crenshaw for William F. Foldsom, mentions J.J. Neave.

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Mendenhall, Delphina, 2-20-65, petitions for passports for several, especially A.L. Coffin who will travel with Adolphus E. Stanley. Mentions arrival of J.J. Neave. Mentions application of a former Episcopalian to Friends, Edward Payson Hall (see Coffin papers). Refers to report that Sherman's army will arrive in 3 weeks.

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Millikan, D.W. and Pool, Henry B., guardhouse near Petersburg, 2-24-65, difficult to read but seems to be a request for advice and a visit.

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Hales, William T., near Petersburg, 3-4-65, describes condition, wants to know if "Capt. Beam signed any papers on my behalf" and whether he has been able to get others off.

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H24 

 

Newlin, Joseph, New Market, NC, 3-6-65, encloses payment for Jesse and William Hill, sons of Daniel Hill. Mentions that Meeting is preparing a memorial for S.W. Laughlin, asks for material. Refers to subscription to the Southern Friend. Refers to visit of J.J. Neave, mentions rumors of Sherman's advance.

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H25 

 

Farlow, Nathan, New Market, 3-7-65, requests aid for son who is at New Garden Boarding School. Mentions visit to Friends in camp near Richmond. Mentions D.W. Millikan and H.B. Pool, is not hopeful of their case. Refers to Neave's visit. (Neave had a minute to visit NCYM and Baltimore YM, hoped also to visit Virginia)

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H26 

 

Mendenhall, Delphina, 3-10-65,acknowledges receipt of passport for Wheeler and Osborne families, but no passport for Alpheus L. Coffin. Refers to Edward Payson Hall's application for membership in Deep River Monthly Meeting and his payment for subscription to the Southern Friend. Mentions scarcity of food in the country and numerous thefts.

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Hales, W.T., Guard House, 3-20-65, acknowledges receipt of letter, states condition, mentions Millikan and Pool.

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H28 

 

Hollowell, John, Wayne County, 5-17-65, mentions subscriptions to the Southern Friend. Refers to Sherman's passage through Goldsboro, taking all Confederate money and gold and silver. Says Goldsboro was evacuated. Mentions 3 Friends who left to go to Indiana. Mentions visit of Richard M. Janney from Baltimore and Sarah Smiley from Philadelphia, urging Friends not to migrate, sending provisions to Friends. (see MS155, Sarah Smiley Journals)

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King, F.T. Baltimore, 5-26-65, refers to aid being sent to Eastern and Contentnea Quarters via Dr. Evans and Ebenezer Worth, mentions R.M. Fanney.

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King, F.T., Baltimore, 5-29-65, mentions R.M. Janney, tells of suffering of Friends of Contentnea Quarter and Lost Creek. Other Quarters of North Carolina are suffering for education and he is "trying to digest a comprehensive plan", mentions John Carter and N. Mendenhall. Recommends Friends show "kindness and aid" to Judge Campbell for his help to conscientious objectors.

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Moore, L.J., Azalia, Indiana, 6-1-65, gives account of his family's migration from Goldsboro along with those of W.T. Cox and Isaac H. Cox because of devastation wrought by Sherman's army. Wants to know his chances of getting reparations for his loss. Requests change off address for the Southern Friend from Dudley, NC to Azalia.

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King, Francis T., Baltimore, 6-1-65, mentions visit of William B. Hockett who took 20 copies of "our Circular and Queries" to John Carter and would also call on Dr. Benbow in Greensboro. Mentions Isham Cox. States  desire of Baltimore Association to reestablish schools for Friends in North Carolina. Wants Crenshaw to assess Friends' losses and the state of education. Says William B. Hockett reports to Friends who emigrated to the west are planning to return to North Carolina. [H32 is written on the back of a questionnaire sent by The Committee on behalf of the Baltimore Association of Friends to advise and assist Friends of the Southern States (Francis T. King, James Carey Thomas, John R. Winslow) "in order that we may understand what your necessities are".]

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King, F.T., Baltimore, 6-7-65, refers to application for the release of "the two prisoners of war thou wrote about", cautions that Friends' support of Judge Campbell should not compromise their opposition to war or their position as "law-abiding people".

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No author. Statement written in pencil of Friends support for Judge Campbell.

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Memorial of Society of Friends of North Carolina and Virginia to President Andrew Johnson urging a full pardon for John A. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of War for the confederacy, for his intervention on behalf of non-combatants and the poor of whatever color; includes copy of statement of policy re exemption signed by J.A. Campbell.

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