University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Levi Weeks Letters, 1807-1809



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Weeks, Levi
Title: Weeks, Levi, Letters
Dates: 1807-1809
Abstract: The Levi Weeks Letters, 1807-1809, consist of four handwritten letters from Weeks to his friend Epaphras Hoyt of Deerfield, Massachusets, describing his travels in the United States West.
Accession No.: 2015-147
OCLC No.: 938695624
Extent: 4 letters
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Levi Weeks (1776-1819) was a significant early American architect, but probably best known as an accused murderer. The body of his sweetheart was found in a Manhattan well in 1800, and Weeks was widely suspected to have killed her. After a sensational trial, Weeks was acquitted in court, but convicted in the court of public opinion and soon forced to leave New York. He spent several years drifting from Deerfield, Massachusetts, to Cincinnati, Ohio, to Lexington, Kentucky, before finally settling in Natchez, Missouri.


Scope and Contents

The Levi Weeks Letters, 1807-1809, consist of four handwritten letters from Weeks to his friend Epaphras Hoyt of Deerfield, Massachusets, describing his travels in the United States West. The first describes Week's stagecoach journey form Philadelphia to Cincinnati, while the second letter discusses excursions from Cincinnati to St. Louis and Vincennes. The remaining two letters were written from Natchez, Missouri, one of which focuses on Week's unfavorable review of a recent book on the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the other focuses on his career in architecture and his work on a project to design and build a theater in Natchez.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Weeks, Levi--Archives
Subjects
Travels and voyages
Architects--United States--19th century
Genre/Form
Personal correspondence
Places
Cincinnati (Ohio)
Natchez (Miss.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Levi Weeks Letters, 1807-1809, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, September 2015.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4A461c Letters, 1807-1809