S[till], W[illia]m, letter, A[nti] S[lavery] Office, Philadelphia, October 12, 1852, to Peter [Still], [in New Jersey]

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Philadelphia A.S. Office

Oct. 12th 1852

My Dear Peter:

We would be glad to hear what you are doing towards effecting the deliverance of your family. I understood that you had written to [McKiernan], to know of him, if he would not take three thousand Dols. for your family - if so, have you received any answer yet? O how glad I should be to hear of that the price on your family had been reduced, say two thousand Dols. But I have but little hope of being gratified with such news.

Have you ascertained yet what your friends in Burlington & N.J. will do in the way of pecuniary means, providing you can buy them your family? I should like to come up some time before long and have an interview with some of the friends on the subject.

Mr. McKim rec'd a letter last Saturday from Rev. S. J May, of Syracuse in which was a note from Mrs. Reynolds, which I will enclose to you. probably

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you can understand it. I cannot.

My love to Mary & tell her she must go up to Mother's soon & give Sophia a [setting] back. James informed me, in a letter last Saturday, that Sophia had been giving some great insults to Mother; and he proposed to going up some time this week. Poor fellow, he was trembling. He thought if you would only lay claim to your share of the property it would have a good attendency. I answered his letter yesterday, & advised him to go up & read the law to them in plain language. So that they may know exactly just what to defend upon. But I want Mary to go up just for Sophia's sake. Tell her I will pay her fare providing she will go, she need not [lose] any time. She can leave Burlington on Saturday Morning & then return on Monday Morning – by all means prevail on her to go.

My wife & Daughter are both well, & though they know nothing of my being in the act of writing this letter yet I will take the liberty to send their love to you.

Answer this letter soon & oblige

Yours Truly

Wm S.

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Title

S[till], W[illia]m, letter, A[nti] S[lavery] Office, Philadelphia, October 12, 1852, to Peter [Still], [in New Jersey]

Description

William Still inquires about Peter Still’s progress toward freeing his family members from slavery, including whether or not their owner Mr. McKeirnon [sic] has agreed to lower the price asked to 3,000 dollars and whether or not Peter has identified how helpful his New Jersey friends can be in the matter; transmits a letter [not present] from Mrs. Reynolds that was sent to Mr. McKim by the Rev. S.J. May of Syracuse; and comments about a disagreement within the Still family regarding financial matters apparently related to property in which Peter Still might reasonably share an interest.

Source

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Date

1852-10-12

Rights

public domain

Format

2 p.

Identifier

rutgers-lib:26727
doi:10.7282/T3Q52PR7

Citation

Still, William, 1821-1902, “S[till], W[illia]m, letter, A[nti] S[lavery] Office, Philadelphia, October 12, 1852, to Peter [Still], [in New Jersey],” Peter Still Digital Edition, accessed October 23, 2019, http://stillpapers.org/items/show/5.

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