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    Margaret Mitchell archive of family correspondence, including one her last known handwritten letters. Margaret Mitchell archive of family correspondence, including one her last known handwritten letters. Collected archive of (20+) Margaret Mitchell family correspondence including one of the last known handwritten letters from Mitchell before being struck and killed by a car on August 11, 1949. Included are (9) letters by Margaret Mitchell signed ("Peggy"), 35 pages (four are fully handwritten; ranging in size from 4 x 5 in. to 8.5 x 11 in.), dated from December, 1926 through June 1, 1949, written to her mother-in-law, Mary D. Marsh and her niece and husband, Jim & Mary Marsh Davis. Her last letter in the collection, being one of Mitchell's last known handwritten letters, dated June 1, 1949, Mitchell writes to her niece in pencil (in full): "Mary Dear, I am so sorry not to see you and Jim and the children but as I'm just up from a three months illness with my bronchial tubes I can't risk another infection. Tell the children I love them and give them each a dollar as a present from me and tell them to spend it foolishly. Oh, Jimmy, I think you could have put off your cold till next week! Love, Aunt Peggy". Also included are (11) letters from Mitchell's widowed husband, John Marsh, mostly penned to his mother, Mary D. Marsh,, including his first-hand account of the accident that led to Margaret's death. On August 26, 1949, Marsh types a 3-page letter just ten days following Peggy's death (in part): "...I wish you to know something that has been very comforting to me. Peggy was probably never in pain. The newspapers referred to partly conscious intervals but I believe she was never nearer to consciousness than a person who has been under anesthesia and is beginning to come out..." Marsh goes on to describe the accident, "...There is a wide curve on Peachtree that ends at Twelfth Street. Because of the curve we did not see the automobile and the driver did not see us until he had reached the head of the curve on Twelfth Street. The block between Twelfth and Thirteenth is a short one. We were about in the middle of the street. In one of those split second decisions I decided that the safe course was to go forward. Peggy apparently decided the safe course was to run back to the curbing we had just left. I do not believe she made a wrong decision. I believe she would have gotten back to the curb except for one thing, the speed of the car. Because of the speed the driver could not get the car under control. It swerved further and further to the left and finally went into a skid. That pulled it in the direction Peggy was going until it finally caught up to her..." Signed in pencil, "John". Collection includes (4) 4.25 x 3.75 in. black and white photographs of Marsh and family with other family-related documents. All in vintage condition; some exhibiting toning and chipping. These letters have remained with the Margaret Mitchell family and have never before been offered for sale.

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