Thornton, Lewis B., letter, Tuscumbia, Ala., August 19, 1852, to H.N. Ely
August 19th '52
August 19th 1852
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.
Lewis B. Thorton