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Tho editor of the TELEGRAPH is lately in receipt of a relic that will be highly valued for its historical associations. It is a piece of a curtain that once belonged to Benedict Arnold. The donor is Mrs. Julia M. Sjjns, of this city, who has recently returned from Washington, and, although her note respecting the gift is marked '^private," we venture to make an explanatory extract, which is of general interest. She writes: The curtain most surely belonged to Benedict Arnold, and was his bed cur- tain, reaching from the top of the ^ed to the floor. The Rev. Dr. Ewin^, then pastor of the Presbyterian church of Philadelphia, and continued to be for a period of over 40 years, bought the "curtain entire" when tho sale was made of Arnold's effects. Dr. Ewing's daughter, Mary, was the grandmother of my husband, Robert Sims. She lived to be 90 years of ago. This is the way the old curtain has been handed down among the Sims' family, until it finally fell into the hands of Robert Sims' stepmother, after the death of her husband, a year or more ago. Mrs. James Sims is now in her 84th year and is quite feeble; she 19 a very remarkable person for her age ; she still delights in hearing the news of the day has been a great reader and thorough Christian woman —and is today as well informed m all that is going on in the political world as though sho were very much younger; in former years she was an avowed Abolitionist and having means at her own Chamberlain's, Bible's command— she helped the cause liber. ally. She lately decided to divide the "old curtain" among the members of the Sims family. I felt proud, of the relic and was ever so willing to divide my pince with the National museum, yourself and my daughter, Mrs. Ainger. Mrs. Sims also adds another historl cal item which she will pardon us for quoting, viz: I promised an Alton lady to make diligent inquiry among my Virginia friends, as to tho authenticity of all that had been writen of Barbara Fritchie. I made it a special remembrance. So being in company with Governor Pattison of Pennsylvania, his own Southern km, asked a well read.hterary highly accomplished cousin, one 1 knew I could depend upon, and she replied: I have been talking upon that very poom of Whittier's lately. I think from what I know there is bnt a shadow of truth in the incident narrated, in the poem. Any one interested can see tho piece of "Arnold's curtain" at this office. —[Ei> TEL. Preparation prepared

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 17 Aug 1886, Tue,
  3. Page 3

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