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Dewey indicates that there was a fire in the State Prison. Finley evidently knows the area for Dewey does not explain the fire. He only says that the new buildings have gone up so fast that one could hardly tell there had been a fire. Dewey tells Finley that Mrs. Dewey has returned but is not in very good health. Dewey invites Finley to visit as soon as possible. Abstract Number - 1074
Columbus State Prison
State Prison Letters; State Prison -- Conditions
Dewey, Laurin, "Letter from Laurin Dewey to James B. Finley" (1847). Finley Letters. 1058.