Cornelia Guignon letter (repayment of debt)

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NYPL ID number: 1819708
Harry A. Williamson Papers: additions, 1881-1962




Cornelia Guignon


Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
After the death of his first wife, Rebecca, Peter Guignon married Cornelia Ray sometime in the mid to late 1840s. For years Peter had been struggling to find steady work, trying his hand in "cigars" as well as in hairdressing. This note, in which Cornelia apologizes for not being able to repay a loan from Albro Lyons, Peter's former brother-in-law, underscores the couple's financial insecurity. A few years later, Cornelia's brother, Peter Williams Ray, brought Peter in to run his drugstore.


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Cornelia Guignon, “Cornelia Guignon letter (repayment of debt),” Black Gotham Archive, accessed July 10, 2018,