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National Handwriting Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 20, 2022

Today is National Handwriting Day! 
As we know, primary sources are the lifeblood of historical research, and many of these primary sources are handwritten.
This is a letter from Lawrence Taliaferro to Alexis Bailly, written on March 2, 1829.
Taliaferro (U.S. Indian Agent to the Dakota) wrote in response to a letter Alexis Bailly sent Taliaferro on the same day. Taliaferro addresses Bailly's concerns about unfair trading practices and assures Bailly that he treats all of the fur traders in the area equally.
See the letter and its transcription here: http://collections.mnhs.org/cms/display?irn=10614509&return=brand%3Dcms%26q%3Dhandwriting
Learn more about Lawrence Taliaferro here: https://www.mnopedia.org/person/taliaferro-lawrence-1794-1871