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The Hunt mss., 1838-1845, are letters written by John Sloan, 1815-1898, physician of New Albany, Indiana, to Henry Hunt, physician of Westbrook, Maine, son of Jacob Hunt, and to Jacob Hunt, physician of Portland, Maine, by his wife Mrs. Caroline (Hunt) Sloan, to her parents, and by Jacob Hunt to Henry Hunt. John Sloan was the son of Adam and Eunice (Milliken) Sloan. His father was a native of Scotland who died before the son became of age, and Jacob Hunt was appointed as guardian. On November 4, 1839, he married Caroline Hunt, daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Rea) Hunt. He pursued his early education in academies of Maine, attended Dartmouth Medical School, but took his degree from the Medical School of Maine connected with Bowdoin College.

The letters relate to early experiences in the Middle West, especially New Albany, Indiana; deal with emigration to the Middle West, the election of 1840, and family matters.

Collection size: 19 items

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