A Guide to the Levi Weeks Letters, 1807-1809
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.
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.
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Levi Weeks Letters, 1807-1809, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, September 2015.
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