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“I Take Up My Pen”: Middle Tennessee Conference, Southern States Mission, 1898

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 02, 2014

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  1. It looks like the letterhead you use in this series has already written on, but you have carefully removed the context, is that correct?

    Since the headquarters for the Middle Tennessee Conference had moved to Smyrna by 1898, this does show two things, First that is the drawback for such specific letterhead. Second, it shows that the writer was frugal enough to keep using the outdated letterhead.

    Of the three Conference presidents in 1898 (Nels P. Nelson, James Larson or J. Urban Allred) I would guess Allred was that frugal, or maybe all th

    Comment by Bruce Crow — January 2, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

  2. uh, three.

    Comment by Bruce Crow — January 2, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

  3. You’re right, Bruce; all these letterheads are used, and I try to remove traces of anything that the user added to the printed page. Partly that is to be sure nobody at the Library objects to my posting what would in some cases be confidential, but also to present the letterhead in as close to original condition as possible for you to have a clearer visualization of the past.

    I suspect — although there would be no firm rules — that since this was half-sheet stationery, it may have been mostly for internal use rather than formal letters outside the mission system. Maybe that would make the outdated letterhead not such a problem?

    In any case, when I posted this, I hoped you’d see it. :)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 2, 2014 @ 6:31 pm

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