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Loguen, Jermain Wesley (1814-1872) to Helen Amelia Loguen [written on a printed circular "To the Friends of the Fugitives from Slavery]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06175 Author/Creator: Loguen, Jermain Wesley (1814-1872) Place Written: Syracuse, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 June 1864 Pagination: 3 p. ; 20.4 x 26 cm.

Summary of Content: Loguen responds to a letter from his daughter, whom he calls "Amelia." Notes that he will not be able to make Amelia's picnic, but will be there to visit her on the Sabbath. Comments on a relative or acquaintance with the measles, and a visit from "Miss [Tenney?]." Hopes to see Amelia's school (where she teaches) when he comes to visit her Sunday. Mentions his ill health and an upcoming wedding. Handwritten letter is two pages long, on two of three blank leaves of a broadside. The broadside, comprised of one page of printed text, was issued 5 June 1860 and is directed "To the Friends of the Fugitives from Slavery." Solicits donations for Loguen's use in the Underground Railroad. Advises readers not to donate money to Reverend William Brown. Issued by the abolitionist Samuel J. May and others.

Background Information: The Reverend Jermain Loguen escaped slavery in Tennessee, fled to Canada, and eventually traveled to Syracuse. His Syracuse home and church became famous sites on the Underground Railroad. Helen Amelia ...Loguen married Lewis Henry Douglass, a son of Frederick Douglass, in 1869.See More

People: Loguen, Jermain Wesley, 1814-1872
Loguen, Helen Amelia, b. 1844
May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph)., 1797-1871

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: AbolitionChildren and FamilyWomen's HistorySlaveryAfrican American HistoryFugitive Slave ActRunaway SlaveHealth and MedicalEducationMarriageUnderground Railroad

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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