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Sumner, Charles (1811-1874) to Silas Ketchum

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03980 Author/Creator: Sumner, Charles (1811-1874) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 December 1856 Pagination: 2 p. ; 20 x 12.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Senator Sumner informs Ketchum, "Of course, I cannot identify the child to which you refer. There was a little girl quite white, a slave in Washington, whose freedom was purchased through my agency, & afterwards sent to Boston, where I presume she now is. She was sometimes called Ida May, & was about 10 years of age." In a post script, writes, "Of course, the proslavery democratic papers deny everything that tells against Slavery. They deny the wrongs of Kansas!"

People: Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874
Ketchum, Silas, fl. 1856
May, Ida, fl. 1846

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Enslaved peopleChildren and FamilyWomen's HistoryAfrican American HistorySlaveryEmancipationManumissionBleeding KansasPoliticsDemocratic PartyJournalism

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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