|| Processing Information: Collection processing and finding aid completed 2014/05/01 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
|Restrictions on Access Note:
|| This collection is open for research.
|| This letter, which is a copy, was written by Thomas Williams in November 1847 to his father, mother, sisters and brother (or brothers). He wrote about his Mexican War service. Having left Madison on October 31, he went to Jeffersonville, then on the rivers to New Orleans. He wrote: "I know it is an honorable cause, friends, [I] want you to think when you go to the ballot box who is for their country and who is against their country, for we are depending on you for your assisance. We got news from Mexico this morning they have had another very hard battle and killed a great many of our men. ... Tell the boys if they want to do their country any good, now is the time to do it." He ends by telling his family to direct their letters to the "fifth regiment from Indiana, Colonel Henry S. Lane Company."
|Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
|| Thomas Williams letter, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
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|| 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.
|Biographical or Historical Data:
|| Thomas Williams was the brother of Samuel Williams (S1429). His father was James. Thomas was married to Mary.
|Ownership and Custodial History:
|| This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. George Liedl on 1969/11/20. There is also information that the letter was received from Katherine and Jane Williams on 1942/12/01.
|Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
|| No further additions are expected.