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Guide to the Slavery Collection
1709-1899
 MS 569

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Collection processed by Megan Hahn. Machine-readable finding aid created by Melissa Haley, March 2002, and Alex Poole, August 2009. Entered in Archivists' Toolkit by Jefferson Bailey, October 2010.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 14, 2013
Description is in English
using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series V - Correspondence, 1766-1895, 1766-1895

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by last name of sender.

Note to researchers: A number of items originally housed in this collection were transferred to more appropriate places (for example, much was organized into the Vernon Correspondence series). Therefore, the letter and number combination item identification will not always be consecutive (e.g., C#3 is followed by C#17).

The correspondence series includes letters from, among others, eminent abolitionists such as Theodore Weld, Gerrit Smith and Angelina Grimke.

Items A#44-46 are letters to the printers of the Lewes Journal and The Diary regarding the abolition of the slave trade and are signed "Atticus."

Items F#14 and H#14 both refer to the same court case concerning Jack, a slave sentenced to death for stealing from his master. Both the master, Hugh Hopewell of Saint Mary's County, Maryland, and his friend Colonel Fitzhugh wrote to the Governor of Maryland asking for mercy for Jack, stating that because of his value as a slave and his sincere remorse for the crime, he should not be put to death.

Also of note is a letter written by an unidentified black man apologizing to his uncle for marrying a white woman, which can be found in the "Letters Unsigned" folder.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Correspondence A #44-46
1789, 1796
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Correspondence B #9, 11-12, 1 unnumbered item
1766, 1774, 1816, 1843
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Correspondence C #2-3, 17, and 2 unnumbered items
1789, 1803, 1840, 1864
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Correspondence D #1-4, 12
1793, 1800, 1806, 1851
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Correspondence F #11-12, 14, 17 and 1 unnumbered item
1766, 1784, 1807, 1826, 1850
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Correspondence G #2, 22-23
1789, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Correspondence H-J #11, 14, and 3 unnumbered items
1766, 1806, 1810, 1831, 1888, 1895
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Correspondence K #5, and 1 unnumbered item
1784, 1837
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Correspondence L-M #7, 9, 28 and 2 unnumbered items
1793, 1836, 1841, 1849, 1850, 1857
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Correspondence N #9, 17
1787, 1826
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Correspondence R #1, 17-18
1754, 1786
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Correspondence S #24, 31-42, 45 and 1 unnumbered item
1785-1861
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Correspondence T-V #3-4, 27, 32-33
[1787], 1806, 1834, 1837
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Correspondence W #5-7, 9-11, 18, 25 and 1 unnumbered item
1806-1858
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Letters unsigned
1826-1851, undated

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