Date Original

1877 September 6


Letter from Louis Rector in Little Rock to his sister, Annie Rector Copeland.

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 Sept 6th 1877
Dear Sister
I have returned home and now write
you a few lines to let you know
how I am and how I enjoyed
my trip. I enjoyed my trip splendid
I had a very nice time. I brought
me a mocking bird and two turkeys
and have got a nice pig. how[sic] is
Mr Copeland and when you go to
house keeping I want you come
after me. Charley says he want
you to send him a big stick of
candy. I did this printing.
Your dear Brother
Louis Rector

Physical Description

Letter, 5" x 8"


Correspondence; Family


Louis Rector

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)




MS.000541, Box 1, Folder 3

Resource Type



Rector-Copeland family collection, MS.000541


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

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


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Letter, Louis Rector to Annie Rector Copeland