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MPAB40F10.pdf
This letter from 1838 illustrates the aftermath of the Jesuit's sale of 272 enslaved men, women and children to Louisiana. Just eight days after the terms of agreement, Jesse Batey wrote to Fr. McSherry to inquire about the whereabouts of Eliza, a…

GTM119b66f02i06abcd.pdf
In February 1838, Fr. Grivel wrote a letter to Fr. Lancaster to update him of Province matters, including the aftermath of the 1838 sale and the purchase of Peter by Gov. Johnson. In a previous letter, Grivel informed Lancaster of their intentions to…

GTM119b66f01i14ab.pdf
Henry Johnson reports to Rev. McSherry SJ that the enslaved people transported to Louisiana were "healthy and well pleased with their situation." Compare with GSA88:"A cruel overseer": Letter from Fr. Grivel to Fr. Lancaster, May 30, 1840

GTM119b66f05i11abc.pdf
In this letter to another Jesuit priest in June 1838, Fr. Mulledy, SJ discussed his negotiations with potential buyers over the price of the slaves that the Maryland Jesuits intended to sell. He reports that he had been having trouble selling the…

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 and translation are included below. Annotated versions may be downloaded in PDF format.

GTM119b66f03i06 Grivel to Lancaster 1838-11-06.pdf
In November 1838, as the remaining members of the Maryland Jesuit slave community were being shipped to Louisiana, Fr. Grivel wrote a letter to Fr. Lancaster with a glimpse of the proceedings at White Marsh.

Among other things, Fr. Grivel…

GTM119b66f01 Grivel to Lancaster 1839-05-04.pdf
Fr. Grivel reports from Georgetown on the aftermath of the sale of the Maryland Jesuits' human property. He notes that the Jesuits tried to keep husbands and wives together, but that some children were sent to Louisiana without their mothers. Some…

Maryl.-1005-II_0168 reduced.pdf
Fr. McSherry wrote to Fr. Roothan, the Jesuit Superior General, about a conversation he had with the Archbishop of Baltimore, who suggested that the Jesuits consider selling their land and slaves and devote the proceeds "to purposes of education."…

MPAB66F3.pdf
Rev. Thomas Mulledy expresses relief at having concluded the sale of the Jesuits' slaves. He reports that all the enslaved people had been put on board a ship except for those who were "married off" to husbands and wives who were not owned by the…

Maryl.-1005-I_0122 reduced.pdf
Fr. McSherry wrote to Fr. Roothan to follow up on his previous letter urging that the Jesuits consider selling their slaves. That spring, the United States fell into the throes of the Panic of 1837. McSherry lamented that if they sold then, they…
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