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A slave writes to his mother, 1859

A slave writes to his mother, 1859

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An unidentified slave discusses visiting his friends at the Widow Bailys' in Faquier [Fauquier County], Virginia. He hopes that his master will buy him a wife, noting "There is a young lady here that I am very much taken with and I think that my Master will buy her and take her out with us." Instructs his mother to direct further correspondence to Portland, Alabama, and writes, "We have bought all our servants."
An unidentified slave discusses visiting his friends at the Widow Bailys' in Faquier [Fauquier County], Virginia. He hopes that his master will buy him a wife, noting "There is a young lady here that I am very much taken with and I think that my Master will buy her and take her out with us." Instructs his mother to direct further correspondence to Portland, Alabama, and writes, "We have bought all our servants."

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02/19/2013

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Unidentified Slave to Mother Alexandria, Virginia, 8 October 1859. Autograph letter, 2 pages.

Alexandria Va Octr 8/ 59 My Dear Mother I take this opportunity of writing to you to let you know that I am still in Alexandria. I expect to start about next tuesday. There is a young lady here that I am very much taken with and I think that my Master will buy her and take her out with us. since I was in Rappahanock, I have been in Faquier at the Widow Bailys and have seen all my friends. I do not think I can leave Virginia without carrying out a Virginia wife with me. I went to Mrs. Bailys expecting to meet My Old Master as he said he would be there. Mrs. Baily met me at the lot gate and was wondering who I was untill I got up to her when she knew me. I expected to come back to see you all again but as I bid you all good bye I thought I would not [2] My Dear Mother this all I can think of at present. If I succeed in my undertakings I will send you all the good news when I get home. We have bought all our servants. Direct your letters to Portland Alabama In Care of Mr R.W. Smith

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