James Maurice Thompson letter
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James Maurice Thompson letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Thompson, Maurice, 1844-1901.
Title: James Maurice Thompson letter
Dates: 1868
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0798

Biographical/Historical Note

James Maurice Thompson (1844-1901), poet and author, was born on September 9, 1844, in Indiana. His family moved outside of Rome, Georgia, in 1854. At the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the Confederate States Army and served for three years. In 1868 he moved back to Indiana and became chief engineer for a railroad that was under construction. He married Alice Lee in 1868. Thompson was elected to the state legislature in 1879 and served as State Geologist of Indiana. He was also a staff writer for the New York Independent. Thompson died in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from James Maurice Thompson to the Editors of the Southern Society in Baltimore Maryland, 1868. Thompson writes that he sent a poem and story to them, but, as he has not heard from them, he wants his manuscripts returned.

Index Terms

Letters (correspondence)
Manuscripts (document genre)
Thompson, Maurice, 1844-1901.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], James Maurice Thompson letter, MS 798, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1961.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: James Maurice Thompson to the Editors of the Southern Society, Baltimore, Md. Calhoun, Ga., 1868 January 28 ( 1.0 p. )
Says he has sent a poem and a story to them, but as he has not heard from them he wants his manuscripts returned.