Skip to main content

Robert Wigham Letter

Collection number: ahc.MSS131f

Scope and Content

This collection contains two copies and two transcripts of a letter written by Robert Wigham from Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England to his cousin Isaac Hall in New York. In his letter, Wigham tells Hall that he is sorry to hear of his wife’s recent death. Wigham then goes on to explain various aspects of England’s viewpoint of the American Civil War. These viewpoints include: that the North is fighting to preserve the union as opposed to fighting for the end of slavery, the South should be allowed to leave the union, and that they think it will be a long war that the North will most likely not win. The remaining portion of the letter discusses the health of family members in England.


  • 1861


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Biographical information regarding Robert Wigham has not been determined.


4 item(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1979

Existance and Location of Originals

Location of the original letter has not been determined.

General Physical Description note

Extent: 4 items

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008.

Robert Wigham Letter ahc.MSS 131F
An Inventory of His Papers at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Helen Matthews
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305