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Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1889-1978) to Children

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09587.318 Author/Creator: Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1889-1978) Place Written: Roanoke, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 August 1975 Pagination: 3 p. ; 27.5 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Cordelia Williams writes to her children about the weather and that the new bedspread ordered for her is too big. She reminds them about Diane's birthday present and to tell her when they got it and how much it cost. She says that her garden is doing well and there might be watermelon soon. Sallye was sorry that she couldn't see the recipients of the letter when they visited, but George Coleman was still on the critical list. Thomas keeps asking when they recipients will visit again. She says that Thomas will come into the room and get in her way but she doesn't say anything, whereas Luther only comes in once Cordelia has left and Thomas has turned on the T.V. However, Cordelia finds it nice having them there, saying when they leave she will miss them and their money. She mentions that it is the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and that "Badwin" said at the Governors' Gonvention that the courts hear the blame for so much crime. She asks what the news is where they are and says that corruption in the government has certainly been made public. She then says she realized that she put the bedspread on the wrong way and it fits after all.

People: Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1884-1978)
Coleman, Sallye (fl.1943-1975)
Coleman, George (fl.1975)

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: African American HistoryChildren and FamilyHome FurnishingsCorruption and ScandalCrimeMoney

Sub Era: The Seventies

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