"One pair of shoes, one dress": The new owner of Harriet, a slave of George Fenwick, asks for his generosity to outfit her, Oct. 1830

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Title

"One pair of shoes, one dress": The new owner of Harriet, a slave of George Fenwick, asks for his generosity to outfit her, Oct. 1830

Subject

Slave women; Slave labor; Slaves--United States--Social conditions; Master and Servant ;

Description

In a letter from Oct. 1830, Mrs. Johnston requests Rev. Fenwick's "generosity and philantropy" to outfit his former slave, a woman named Harriet.

Creator

Maryland Province Archives

Publisher

Georgetown Slavery Archive

Date

1830-10

Contributor

Adam Rothman, Elsa Barraza Mendoza

Rights

Georgetown University Library

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Manuscript

Identifier

GSA114

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To Mr. George Fenwick

George Town College

                        Sir.

                             As my Husband has purchased your servant Harriet, paid and received your Bill of Sale with receipt, I deem it proper to intimate to you that Harriet is entirely without a change of apparel and informs me, that since her mistress (your departed Mother) died, she has only had one pair of shoes, one dress, and two necessary under garments. As it will be an additional expense on us to fit her out comfortable, for the approaching inclement season I rely on your generosity and Philanthropy to give her what you deem proper in consistence with an established custom.

                        With Sentiments of high respect, and wishes for your present and future happiness.

I am your obed.t Serv.t

Ariana J. Johnston

 

Geo Town DC
Oct. 15th 1830                   An answer is requested

 

 

[Envelope]

To
Mr. George Fenwick
George Town College
DC 

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Manuscript

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Citation

Maryland Province Archives, “"One pair of shoes, one dress": The new owner of Harriet, a slave of George Fenwick, asks for his generosity to outfit her, Oct. 1830,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed August 18, 2017, http://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/124.

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