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Slavery]. [Alabama]. Harding, Edward.
Stampless cover autograph letter, signed E. Harding, to his family member (perhaps niece), Maria A. Queen of Washington, D. C.
April 20, '27, [i.e.,], Mount Vernon, Alabama, 1827. One page on a lined bifolium, 9.75 x 7.75 inches, approx. 250 words. A prelude to flush times in Alabama and representative bit of evidence of the growth of the internal slave trade, from the soon-to-be commander of the Mount Vernon Arsenal (authorized by Congress in May, 1828). Harding appears to have had roots in Montgomery County, Maryland; this letter includes references to inheritance complications and to Maria's recent misfortunes: "I recd. a letter some days ago from Mr. R. Burdine communicating the disturbing intelligence at the loss of yr. house & effects by fire, and by this days post I enclose here a draft on the Bank of the Metropolis for $100 for yr. benefit. – this amount altho’ small is all I can well afford – I have four children to educate, who are at very expensive schools and their Mother, is now abroad in Pennsylvania superintending their education. . . . I think those who have surreptitiously obtained possession of your Grandfathers property ought to contribute liberally to yr. relief. – From that estate you know I have nothing but 5 Negroes, the land left me by my father, and which I shall ever believe my children were swindled out of. I have long since abandoned the idea of ever being able to recover." Harding notes further, "I suppose you are aware my brother H. purchased for me last fall Old Sall and her daughter, who joined me in December last. They with the rest of the Negroes, are around me & doing well." Maria Queen appears in public records petitioning for compensation in May, 1862 for the em … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Garrett Scott, Bookseller (ABAA) [ANN ARBOR, MI, U.S.A.]
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