Charles Spitzer Letters
Scope and Content
The Charles Spitzer Letters, 1833-1886, are comprised of 35 letters written between members of the Charles Spitzer family of New Market, Virginia. Selected letters of interest include eight letters (May 19-October 14, 1833) between Charles and fiancé Elizabeth Amiss discussing preparations for marriage; a December 2, 1838 letter from Thomas Amiss to sister Elizabeth in which he expresses his preference for life in St. Louis, Missouri, his business is good and life is cheaper than in New Market, mentions Moses Spitzer, who in A History of Shenandoah County by John Wayland (1927) is said to have died with the infamous Donner party in the California Sierras in 1846; and a July 25, 1849 letter from Thomas Amiss in which he describes a massive fire and cholera outbreak in St. Louis. Also included are two Sunday school certificates (1850, 1851) and two tax receipts (1849, 1852). Most letters deal with day to day matters including illness and birth and death of family members. Two letters (1861, 1886) concern Charles Spitzer's services as a gunsmith.
- Spitzer, Charles, 1807-1865 (Person)
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Charles Spitzer (1807-1865) was a gunsmith based out of New Market, Virginia who learned the trade under his father Henry Spitzer. Charles married Elizabeth Frances Amiss in 1833 and they went on to have four children.
0.08 cubic feet (1 folder)
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The Charles Spitzer Letters, 1833-1886, are comprised of 35 letters written between members of the Charles Spitzer family of New Market, Virginia.
The letters are arranged in one folder.
Purchased by Friends of Carrier Library at Green Valley Auctions, Inc. on July 23, 1994.
In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 3065.
- Amis family
- Firearms -- Design and construction
- Gunsmiths -- Virginia -- Biography
- Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History -- Sources
- Letters (correspondence)
- New Market (Va.) -- History -- Sources
- New Market (Va.) -- Social life and customs -- Sources
- New Market (Va.) -- Sources
- Rifles -- History -- 19th century
- Saint Louis (Mo.) -- History -- Sources
- Spitzer family
- Spitzer, Moses
- A Guide to the Charles Spitzer Letters, 1833-1886
- Special Collections Staff, Kayla Payne
- November 1994, July 2012
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