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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) to Hugh Auld

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07484.06 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: Rochester, New York Type: Letters Date: 4 October 1857 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Douglass writes to his former master after twenty years, admitting that he has often wanted to hold correspondence with Auld. Inquires after the Auld children, who are dear to Douglass: "...I feel nothing but kindness for you all- I love you, but hate Slavery." Asks Auld what year he came to live with the Auld family (the same year a frigate was built by Mr. Beacham). Inquires as to the date of his birth. Mentions seeing Amanda (daughter of Thomas and Lucretia Auld) and that he would like to see other members of the Auld family. Writes, "I could have lived with you during life in freedom though I ranaway from you so unceremoniously, I did not know how soon I might be sold." Letter is in the hand of Benjamin Auld, Hugh Auld's son. Accompanied by an incomplete newspaper clipping entitled "Douglass as a Slave. Recollections of His Early Life and His Escape from Bondage." Newspaper clipping measures 17 x 6 cm.

People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.
Auld, Hugh, b. 1799.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Slave Life, African American Author, African American History, Slavery, Slave Sale, Runaway Slave, Fugitive Slave Act

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery