The Georgetown Slavery Archive is a repository of materials relating to the Maryland Jesuits, Georgetown University, and slavery. This project was initiated by the Archives Subgroup of the Georgetown University Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation.

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"A cruel overseer": Letter from Fr. Grivel S.J. to Fr. Lancaster S.J., May 30, 1840

GTM119b67f10i05ab Grivel to Lancaster 1840-05-30.pdf

In this letter from Fr. Fidel Grivel to Fr. Charles Lancaster dated May 30, 1840, Grivel includes a brief report on the condition of the Jesuit…

"Is it expedient to sell these 300 slaves?": The Dubuisson Memorandum, 1836

Maryl.-1005-II_0159.pdf

Fr. Stephen Dubuisson S.J. records the arguments for and against the sale of the Maryland Province slaves.

Simple versions of the transcription…

Fr. Roothaan, S.J. lays out the conditions for the sale of slaves, 27 December 1836

GTM119b93f09i01 Roothaan to McSherry 1836-10-27.pdf

In this letter, Fr. Jan Philip Roothaan, the superior general of the Society of Jesus, approves of the sale of the Maryland Province slaves but…