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W. W. Fisher Letter

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Fisher, W. W., fl. 1846.
Title: W. W. Fisher Letter
Inclusive Dates: 1846
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Letter from Reverend W. W. Fisher of Palmyra, New York, to E. B. Walsworth, giving details of a brutal attack on a local mixed-race couple by one Schuyler Parshall and several accomplices.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Nothing is known of the author of this letter or of the individual mentioned, other than what is given in the letter. Searches of archives of local newspapers have not yielded any further information.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The W. W. Fisher Letter consists of a letter from Reverend W. W. Fisher of Palmyra, New York, to "My dear Brother" E. B. Walsworth at Auburn Theological Seminary. Among other things, Fisher desribes "a disgraceful outrage committed of late," in which a local mixed-race couple were brutally attacked by several men, led by one Schuyler Parshall. A transcript of this portion of the letter is provided.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Fisher, W. W., fl. 1846.
Parshall, Schuyler.


Hate crimes -- New York (State)
Interracial marriage -- New York (State)


Palmyra (N.Y.) -- History -- 19th century.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

W. W. Fisher Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2013.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 25 Feb 2013
Revision history:

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SC 688 to Walsworth, E. B. 25 May 1846

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