Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary Source: Personal Letter


This brief letter was written at the time of the events mentioned in the letter.  In this case, the writer was personally involved in the events.  (See the transcription, below.)

(This letter is from the James Moore King collection. It probably dates from the 1800s.)


Transcription of the letter: 
Sir Do not write ___________ of
respects. I have ____________
let you know that I never wish to
hear from you nor See you again.
I think you are a very impertinent
wretch. You have indicated falsities
in intimating that my Daughter
ever wished to have __________.
Although this letter, by itself, does not give detailed information about the event, it does illustrate that the father or mother who wrote it was very concerned about his or her daughter and did not like someone to tell others bad things about her.


Can you draw any other conclusions from this letter?


When might a letter be considered a secondary source?