Slave Letter

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What Happened To The “SLAVE” Who Wrote The Letter Everyone is Talking About
Added by blacklikemoi on February 6, 2012.
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Tags: Big Spring, Colonel Anderson, David Lee Child, Dayton Daily Journal, George Carter, girls, Jordan, Jourdon Anderson, Lydia Maria Child, shooting
A letter written by a freed slave to his former master has surfaced again after almost 150 years and is creating a lot of buzz.

The letter was written by former slave Jourdon Anderson to his master Colonel P.H. Anderson in August 1865.

According to Letters of Note, Colonel Anderson had written his former slave, asking him to return to work as a freeman on the farm on which he had spent 30 years as a human tool.

The former slave’s response to his former master’s request surfaces again after the book, The Freedmen’s Book, compiled by Lydia Maria Child almost 150 years ago, was reissued this month. Child was born in 1802. Her husband David Lee Child, was an abolitionist who also campaigned for Indian rights and women’s rights.

Jourdon, in the letter replied to his master that he and his family had moved from Big Spring, Tennessee to Ohio, after being emancipated and now he had a job and was being paid, for the first time, for his labor.

The letter starts out heartbreaking and somber but by the letter’s end, it is revealed as one of the great, all-time, understated sarcastic missives, with the final sentence, “Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.”

According to Letters of Note, the New York Daily Tribune published the letter on Tuesday, August 22, 1865.

Here is the letter — OMG!

Dayton, Ohio,
August 7, 1865
To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee

Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and…...

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