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Unsigned Letter to My Dear Annie regarding the treatment of slaves

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2661

Collection consists of part of an unsigned letter written to My dear Annie, dated July 4. The year is not given, and the letter is incomplete, lacking one or more pages. Much of the letter deals with the writer's defense of the treatment of enslaved people in the South.

She explains that a man is careful with that which will cost him money. She goes on to explain, "We bought a girl 14 years old for $1050 knowing that we would need help and after the New Year it would be hard to find-and she has been sick since & we think she has the consumption. The old woman we got for cook likewise got sick & finally her master, one of our elders, took her home as he found se was only trouble."

The author also writes about that her husband, who is a Presbyterian minister, had to leave the church in Kentucky due to factionalism. She writes that they now live in Clarksville, Tenn.

Dates

  • circa 1850 July 4

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Collection consists of part of an unsigned letter written to My dear Annie, dated July 4. The year not given, and the letter is incomplete, lacking one or more pages. Much of the letter deals with the writer defending the treatment of enslaved people by southerners. Also writes that her husband, a Presbyterian minister, and her had to move from Kentucky to Clarksville, Tennessee to avoid factionalism within the church.

Biographical/Historical Note

No biographical information could be found.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in March 2003.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480