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Annotations / Notes: Letters from Edward Spencer to Anne Catherine Bradford Harrison, written during their courtship in late 1860 and 1861, provide evidence of tensions related to Unionist vs. Secessionist sentiment in Maryland in the critical months leading up to the Civil War. Edward initially hopes that the Union can be preserved, but increasingly expresses alarm at actions by the new Republican administration to assure Maryland's loyalty, by coercion if necessary. Tender expressions of affection alternate with extended passages of intense political commentary. The letters and other Spencer papers are from the collection of the Milton Eisenhower Library of Johns Hopkins University.