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M.E. Griffin Letter

 Collection — Container: Small Collections Box 124, Folder: 1
Identifier: SC 01765

Content Description

A letter from M. (possibly Margaret) E. Griffin to her cousin John Davis. In the letter, Griffin asks Davis to hire out or sell all of the enslaved people working on the plantation she inherited. She mentions that an enslaved man by the name of Henry struck her son Jordan, and left the plantation to go to Lynchburg without permission. Griffin states that Henry has been "increasing in insolence, till his presence can no longer be endured."

Content warning for derogatory language directed at enslaved people, as well as discussions of the sale of human beings.

Dates

  • 1863-11-29

Creator

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (One legal sized folder.)

Language

English