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Warden Dewey apologizes for not having answered Finley's letter sooner and hopes that Finley will visit him soon. He is going on a trip north to visit his mother since she has written and asked him to visit her once more before she leaves this life. Dewey tells of the decrease of men in the State Prison as a result of the cholera epidemic, and how the men were weak and sickly for a time but are all well now. He asks Finley to write him the particulars about a farm which Finley mentioned in his last letter. After his signature he writes, "How does the book get along?" (Evidently, Finley was engaged in writing Memorials of Prison Life). Abstract Number - 1148
Columbus State Prison
State Prison Letters; Prisoner Health; Cholera; Finley Writings
Dewey, Laurin, "Letter from Laurin Dewey to James B. Finley" (1849). Finley Letters. 1132.