Still, W[illia]m, letter, Anti Slavery Office, Philadelphia, May 10, 1852, to Peter [Still]


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PhilMay 10/52

Anti Slavery Office

My Dear Peter:

in consequence of having being very busy for the last 3 weeks, I have not had the [privilege], as I desired, to come up to see you. I also might add that you wrote me in your last that you designed to come to this city about the first of May providing you [read] certain intelligence from Cincinnati on the South. As you have not come, I take it for granted that you have failed to obtain the desired information.

I hope you are well and composed in mind. Could I say or do any thing to render you any availability aid or comfort, I would most gladly do it - I suppose you [think] some times, that your new Bros & sisters do not interest themselves sufficiently enough in your behalf: or, that more would have been done, ere this, for the Emancipation of your family, whom you feel for so affectionately, so keenly - But what can your Bros do? They feel as for you, & especially for your poor family in

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in bounds - but under calml deliberation they cannot be insensible to the great difficulties which intervene between your family in the South, & your Bros in the North. But I will not add to your feelings by continuing these remarks further. but let me say trust in God. [Commit] all your ways & being into his hands & you may be assured that one day, sooner or [later], He has the power and He will see that ample justice is done you. I am aware my Dear Bro that the idea of trusting in god is by many [ridiculed], [whilst] many others use it merely out of a hypocritical form; but notwithstanding all that there is a comfort & peace to be found therein, which cannot be obtained through any other source.

My wife & little Daughter are very well at present. I [read] a letter from Bro. John a few days ago. he had been sick, or unwell rather, for about 4 weeks - but was [getting] better when he wrote.

I have not heard from Mother & the rest of our family about Medford for several weeks. The last letter I [read] from James, he informed

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me that they were all well as common. And he had been buying the Crossroads Tavern, at the cost of $19.75 I have been wanting to go to see them but time with me is so precious that I do not know when I shall get to go. I hope soon, however.

Sister Mary was at our house yesterday, she was well - She is going to New York soon and probably will go from thence to Canada.

Sister Kitty & her family are all well.

I shall come up as soon as I can make it convenient. If it is not too much trouble, please write to me soon.

Your Affectionate Bro.

Wm Still



Still, W[illia]m, letter, Anti Slavery Office, Philadelphia, May 10, 1852, to Peter [Still]


William Still relates that he has been too busy to visit Peter Still; notes why Peter has presumably not visited Philadelphia; comments that Peter's family truly is interested in his desire to emancipate his enslaved relatives (but can do little to help); entreats Peter to trust in God; and relates family news.


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Still, William, 1821-1902, “Still, W[illia]m, letter, Anti Slavery Office, Philadelphia, May 10, 1852, to Peter [Still],” Peter Still Digital Edition, accessed June 22, 2024,

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