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Sarah S. Pratt "Why Doctor Grimes Whispered" memoir undated

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S1075 (Text) 1075001-1065444 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.01 Cubic feet 1 folder

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General Note: Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2015/07/23 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/23 by Linda Gellert.
Restrictions on Access Note: This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.: This collection includes an original copy of the 7 page memoir, "Why Doctor Grimes Whispered" from Sarah S. Pratt of Delphi, Indiana regarding the Indiana underground railroad. With the collection is a single page copy of two advertisements for runaway slaves from South Florence, Franklin County, Alabama, posted in the "Louisville Public Advertised", February 5, 1833. Also included in the collection is an insurance card for Home Insurance Company, Lafayette, with "Miss Sarah J. Smith" and the "Mrs. R Higginbottham" penciled on the front; and on the back side of the card, names of members of the Busy Bee Society are listed, including Lucy Pigman, Sallie Smith, Anna Smith, Jennie Jordann, Tibbie Blanchard, Hattie Graham, Belle Holt, Mary Bowen, Susie Benz, and S. Smith, President. According to Mary Pratt, Sarah's daughter, the Busy Bee Society met during the Civil War under Mrs. R.L. Higginbotham in Delphi for the purpose of sewing for the soldiers. The second card is a sketch of Camp Readyville, Tennessee. The card includes the inscription "sketched by Matt Pratt" scrawled in pencil at the top of the card; the name is also etched in fine print at the bottom. Identification of brigade, division, etc., are etched in fine print across the bottom.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: Sarah S. Pratt "Why Doctor Grimes Whispered" memoir, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note: Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Location of Other Archival Materials Note: Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in the Indiana Division and Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN: ISLI 917.72 P917O: The old crop in IndianaISLG Microfiche LH13064: The old crop in IndianaISLI 283 P917E: Episcopal bishops in Indiana: A churchwoman's retrospect
Biographical or Historical Data: Few facts are available on the life of Mrs. Sarah Smith Pratt, 1853-1942. She grew up in Delphi, Indiana, where her mother was actively involved in the underground railroad. In 1883-1886, she was a resident of Logansport, Indiana, where she edited a weekly newspaper called the "Sunday Critic", which belonged to her husband, W. D. Pratt, and to which she contributed a column, "Flotsam and Jetsam." She was founder and for six years editor of "On Meridian", a publication of the Indianapolis Young Womens Cristian Association. In 1917 she was contributing to the "Living Church", the "Churchman", and to other periodicals.Publications by Sarah Smith Pratt: Blue Cashmere Gown: a Story of a Missionary Box. Milwaukee, 1914. The Old Crop in Indiana. Indianapolis, 1928. Episcopal Bishops in Indiana; a Churchwoman's Retrospect. Indianapolis, 1934. Guess This Word. Indianapolis, 1938. Source: Indiana Authors and their books, 1816-1980.
Ownership and Custodial History: This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary Pratt in 1943.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note: No further additions are expected.
Subject: Abolitionists > Indiana > History.
Fugitive slaves.
Underground Railroad > Indiana.
Camp Readyville (Tenn.)
Delphi (Ind.)

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