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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Oh! If Only I Could See the Letters

Looking around in Philadelphia for more information has been quite an eye opening experience for me over the last two weeks.  While I have long known of the marriage of Catharine SIMMONS to Condy RAQUET at Christ Church in Philadelphia, I haven't spent much time on the two of them.

Condy RAQUET(1784-1842) was a merchant, an author, an attorney, a PA State Senator, Consul in Brazil, War of 1812 veteran, etc.  Much has been written on him and is easily found.  Politically, he was a Federalist, and his books on free trade are still discussed today. 

Condy Raguet.  Photo from PA Legislators Bios.

Of interest today, even if I can't see any of the words, are his letters.  There are several that still survive today in repositories across the land.

For example,
Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo has one:
Letter: Condy Raguet, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to James Condy Raguet and Henry W. Raguet, 1837 November 13.

As does the University of Michigan.  This collection contains 11 letters from Catharine and Condy written during his time as US Consul to Brazil in 1820.

I wish I could see these letters.

Ahh, genealogy.  His eyes reach out to me, although I just can't see the words.

©2017  AS Eldredge

Dana, William B. Sketch of the Life and Character of Condy Raguet, Merchant's Magazine and Commercial Review.

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