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Thomas Purves Collection

Thomas Purves Collection

Collection Number: 
91
Collection Length: 
0.25ft
Period: 
1809 to 1819
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Thomas Purves was born on September 28, 1785 in Whitebank, Scotland. He brought his family to the United States in 1819 hoping to work for the Parish family at the iron works in Rossie, NY. He received a cold reception from Parish's agent and instead went to work for Governor Ogden in Waddington, NY as a gardener. He died January 12, 1853 in Waddington. The collection consists of two manuscript notebooks written by Purves donated to St. Lawrence University in 1989 by Allegra Fourtanati (relative of Purves) of California. The first notebook is an account of Purves and his family's journey from Scotland to America in 1819. The second book is entitled "A Shorthand Dictionary Consisting of Invented Characters for Words and Sentences." Also included is a newspaper article about the notebooks.