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Elijah Sterling C. Robertson Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0210

This collection consists of photograph copies of two letters written by Elijah Sterling Robertson. One letter is written to his wife Eliza Hamer Robertson and is dated 1848. The other letter is written to his son Sterling Robertson in 1878. The letter to his wife Eliza discusses a gift as well as declarations of love. The letter to his son discusses politics.

Dates

  • 1845, 1878

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This collection consists of photograph copies of two letters written by Elijah Sterling Robertson. One letter is written to his wife Eliza Hamer Robertson dated 1848 and the other letter was written to Sterling Robertson in 1878.

Biographical/Historical Note

Elijah Sterling C. Robertson was born on August 23, 1820, in Giles County, Tennessee. He is the son of Frances King and Empresario Sterling C. Robertson. In 1832, he was moved to Texas with his father to attend Mission School of St. Mary to learn Spanish. Elijah moved back to Tennessee and attended Jackson College, in Maury County, Tennessee, from 1837-1839. He returned to Texas and became a chief clerk and later, the acting postmaster for the Republic of Texas. In 1841, he served as Secretary of State for a short time. After his father’s death in 1842, Robertson was commissioned as a captain in the Republic of Texas militia, and in 1844, was promoted to Colonel. Elijah started to study law in 1845 and was later admitted to the bar. He married his second cousin Eliza Hamer Robertson on July 29, 1846. After her death in 1852, he married Mary Elizabeth Dickey. In his second marriage, the couple had twelve children. In 1875, he was elected to attend the Texas Constitutional Convention. Elijah died at Salado on October 8, 1879.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Dr. Ruth Stephens in 1960.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480