Thornton, Lewis B., letter, Tuscumbia, Ala., August 19, 1852, to H.N. Ely

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From L.B. Thorton
August 19th '52

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Tuscumbia, Ala.

August 19th 1852

[Dear] Sir,

Your letter has remained unanswered, for so long, because I have not been able to have an interview with Mr. McKiernan on the subject about which you wrote. I have just seen him. He says he will not separate the family of negroes and that the lowest price he will take under any circumstances is $5,000 and if that [amount] is placed in my hands or with any responsible persons for him, he will let the negroes go. I would like if Peter could get his wife & family. I think this [amount] a high price, but it is the lowest I know.

Very [Respectfully]

Lewis B. Thorton

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Title

Thornton, Lewis B., letter, Tuscumbia, Ala., August 19, 1852, to H.N. Ely

Description

Lewis B. Thornton reports on an interview that he had with Mr. McKiernan in which the latter stated that he would not separate the enslaved [Still] family members that he owns and that McKiernan he has agreed to let this family go, but only for a minimum of 5,000 dollars, which Thornton considers to be a high price.

Source

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Date

1852-08-19

Rights

public domain

Format

2 p.

Identifier

rutgers-lib:25776

Citation

Thornton, Lewis B., “Thornton, Lewis B., letter, Tuscumbia, Ala., August 19, 1852, to H.N. Ely,” Peter Still Digital Edition, accessed October 23, 2019, http://stillpapers.org/items/show/3.

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