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|Abstract||Phoebe Yates Pember was a Confederate hospital nurse and writer of Georgia. The collection includes letters to relatives and friends from Pember, including seven letters written while she was a nurse at Chimborazo Hospital, Richmond, Va., 1861-1865; and items of later years, mainly 1895-1900, containing comments on current political events, social and economic conditions, personal finances and living arrangements, her reading, religion, visitors, relatives, and daily life in Mendham, N.J., Savannah, Ga., and elsewhere. Many letters from the period 1895-1899 were written during European travels and describe accommodations, prices, health, acquaintances, and American expatriates in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.|
|Creator||Pember, Phoebe Yates, 1823-1913.|
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Chiefly letters from Phoebe Yates Levy Pember to members of her family, but also including several letters addressed to her from family members and friends and a few letters about her. During the Civil War, several of Pember's letters to Louisa (Mrs. Jeremy Francis) Gilmer were written from Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Va.; these letters mostly concern life in Richmond, including some descriptions of conditions at the hospital. Other early letters include two from H. M. Alden, editor of Harper's magazine, rejecting stories Pember had submitted; one from the editor of the Atlantic Monthly, concerning a story that was accepted; and one Pember wrote to her nephew Clavius describing a meeting with Oscar Wilde.
From 1895 to 1899, Pember was in Europe and wrote to friends and relatives in Georgia from Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. These letters mostly concern her travelling companions and other individuals, travel arrangements, finances, purchases and prices, and accommodations. Also included are letters from Pember to her friend, the Countess Alida von Krakow, in Dresden, including several letters, 1897, describing trips around Pompeii, and one letter, 13 May 1897, containing a description of Rome and of nobility and American expatriates in Roman society.
Most letters dated after November 1899 were written in Mendham, N.J., and chiefly concern personal and family news, Pember's health and personal finances, and ordinary daily events. After December 1900, she also wrote from Savannah, Ga., Washington, D.C., and Sapphire, N.C. There are two letters from Pember's niece Georgina (Mrs. Clavius) Phillips to the Countess von Krakow, concerning Pember's papers.
Undated letters by Pember include discussions of investments, comments on presidents Taft and Roosevelt, and discussions of books and of her own writings.
Also included with the collection is a Masonic certificate, 1857, of Thomas Pember.Back to Top
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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.Back to Top