Oh my . . . this is one in a thousand. I have been working on a biography of the life (and times) of V.V. Ashford for about six years now. The project is well along. I think I know more about Volney Ashford's life than my own at this point. V.V. is buried, by the way, about 20 minutes from my home here in California. HOW CAN I BRIBE YOU to have a look at those letters? I have combed through countless archives and interviewed all the descendants I could find. How did I ever miss you? I can probably answer just about any question you may have about V.V. or put you in touch with other family members, if you are interested (I am not personally related, merely a professional interest). Whatever it takes to have a look at those letters!
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