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Personal correspondence of Charles, Abigail, and Eliza Selden of Lansingburgh, Rensselaer County, and Harriet Gale, daughter of George Washington Gale, founder of the Oneida Institute at Whitesboro, New York, and Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. Additional letters and other papers of members of the related Gale, Hitchcock, and Selden families include correspondence of George Washington Gale, chiefly personal, but also mentioning his pastoral duties at a Presbyterian Church in Adams, Jefferson County, and affairs at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois; one letters describing slavery and other aspects of life in St. Croix, Danish West Indies (now Virgin Islands), 1839; photostat copies of the genealogy of Colonel Samuel Selden, a Revolutionary War officer; miscellaneous printed items, including publication about Knox College (1860) and booklet about the Campus School in Ithaca (1920). Locations include Adams, Jefferson County, N.Y.; Whiteboro, Oneida County, N.Y.; and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Correspondents include George Bowen, Harriet Selden Gale, Harriet Yvonnet Gale, William S. Gale, Margaret Gale Hitchcock, Amasa Kellogg, Mary Osborn, Abigail Jones Selden, Charles Selden, Mary Selden, Samuel Selden, and William Jones Selden.

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