In 1835, Fielding House moved from Kentucky to Illinois where he purchased land in Macon and Christian Counties. This collection contains copies of 26 letters, mainly written by Fielding House to his parents and others in the family. The letters concern land taxes and titles, legal disputes, family affairs, and crop prices in Illinois.
Wilbur Duncan of Decatur, Ill., donated the letters to the Library. In 2009, Brent Wielt, also of Decatur, added transcriptions of five of the letters, the originals of which he owns.