Moses Gilman Atwood Letter, Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
ALS (initialed), dated December, 1837, from Moses Gilman Atwood, Alton, Illinois, to George H. Silsby, Concord, New Hampshire. Atwood describes conditions in Alton for recent arrivals like himself and his family, and attributes much of the financial hardship to the economic depression brought on by the Panic of 1837. He also discusses the aftermath of the November murder of Alton editor Elijah P. Lovejoy at the hands of a pro-slavery mob, concluding that "the foul stain that has been cast upon this young city cannot be effaced by ages of well doing."
George Henry Hough Silsby (1817-1892) was the brother of Atwood's wife Mary, who added a postscript to this letter.