Date Original

1875 September 4


Letter from Lewis Rector in Little Rock to his sister, Annie Rector Copeland in Marion, Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

Annie M. Rector was born in July 1855, the daughter of W.A. (William) Rector of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Martha Hinston, who died in 1858. W.A. Rector was born a slave of Chester Ashley, United States Senator from Arkansas, 1844-1848. During Reconstruction, W.A. Rector was elected city collector, city marshal, and constable. He was also a member of the famed Ashley Band of Little Rock. Annie married William L. Copeland on October 22, 1874, in Pulaski County. Copeland, a lawyer, was born in 1845 in Oberlin, Ohio, and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He also served in the Arkansas Legislature from 1873-1875, representing Crittenden County. The family moved back to Little Rock at the end of his legislative career. Copeland worked for the postal service before becoming a Little Rock policeman. He died in the line of duty on December 30, 1885, from wounds received in an attempt to apprehend a convict. Annie Rector Copeland died on May 12, 1915, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is buried with members of the Rector family in Fraternal Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.


Little Rock Ark
Sept 4 1875
Dear Sister it is with
Pleasure that we write
you these few lines to
to[sic] let you know that
we all have been well exc-
ept John [who] has fever[.] we all
are well now. We fixed your
little Wagon[,] what Carrie McN(?)
gave you but Lewis broke
it. your[sic] toys are here at home.
Lewis say tell Mr Copeland
to have him a Pony to
ride[.] Carrie Johnson is come
back[;] you wont[sic] be here.
All send love[.] Corene send
love Respective
Lewis Rector

Physical Description

Letter, 5.75" x 12"


Correspondence; Family


Lewis Rector

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.); Marion, Crittenden County (Ark.)




MS.000541, Box 1, Folder 1

Resource Type



Rector-Copeland family collection, MS.000541


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, Lewis Rector to Annie Rector Copeland, Rector-Copeland family collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, Lewis Rector to Annie Rector Copeland