Observations of Arkansas: The 1824-1863 Letters of Hiram Abiff Whittington
Not all of the interesting information of past generations is to be found in the ancient tombs of Egypt or early America, or to be deciphered from the carvings of some aborigine on stone or totem pole. Of far more value in human interest to the present-day generation is a volume of old letters first brought to light in Arkansas about 1913, covering as they do the history of this state at a time when it was only a sparsely settled territory.
In 1913, as workmen dismantled a pioneer home belonging to Mr. Roland, which was previously the Whittington home in Montgomery County, Arkansas, a neatly-bound volume of letters was discovered in the attic that would prove to be of great historical value. The home had belonged to Granville Whittington, who migrated to the Montgomery County area from his native Boston, Massachusetts, in 1834. The intriguing volume contained letters from various members of his family spanning a ten-year period (1824-1834). But, it was the letters written by his older, adventurous brother, Hiram, from Arkansas Territory between 1827 and 1834 which have become such significant historical documents.
Garland County Historical Society
Hiram Abiff Whittington, Arkansas Territory, 1824-1834, Granville Whittington
Richter, Wendy Bradley; McLane, Bobbie Jones; and Cunning, Charles William, "Observations of Arkansas: The 1824-1863 Letters of Hiram Abiff Whittington" (1997). Books and Monographs. 43.