Contents and Arrangement

Edward McMillan Letters to Conway P. Wing on Religion and the Abolition of Slavery, 1846-1847

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Tennessee enslaver and abolitionist, Edward McMillan, writes to Conway P. Wing, New York born pastor and abolitionist in Hunstville, Alabama. In these letters, McMillan writes from his estate and plantation, Gemini Fontes, which was a site of enslavement. The first letter from November 1846 opens the correspondence between McMillan and Wing, and addresses both of their theological views. The second letter, circa 1847, is a discussion of the increasing tensions between North and South over the abolition of slavery.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.

Collection History


Purchased from Between the Covers Rare Books in 2022 (AM 2022-108).


The collection is open and will continue to grow.


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

These materials were processed and described by Amy C. Vo in March 2022, incorporating some description written by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Edward McMillan Letters to Conway P. Wing on Religion and the Abolition of Slavery; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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