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Brown, Neill (fl. 1846) to a cousin

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09373 Author/Creator: Brown, Neill (fl. 1846) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 November 1846 Pagination: 3 p.

Summary of Content: [Slavery] From Cleveland, Ohio to a cousin in North Carolina: "I am here surrounded by abolitionists, yea in the very hot bed of this class of people.… Three weeks since there was a negroe woman who said she was a fugitive slave from Mississippi, got up in the pulpit of one of the churches here and related her suffering while in slavery, more than three fourths of what she said of the usage or treatment of slave in the south I know to be false. A few nights after this in the same church 2 individuals who had been imprisoned in the penitentiary of some slave state for negro stealing or as they say, for aiding one of their brethren to obtain his liberty gave a history of their arrest trial sentence and sufferings in prison, after which there was a collection taken up to relieve their present wants. I fear the preacher who gives up his pulpit for such purposes instead of preaching himself must have but little Christianity at heart."

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: ReligionSlaveryRunaway SlaveAbolitionReform MovementAfrican American HistoryEnslaved people

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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