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To My Old Master

To My Old Master
In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdon Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdon — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated). Rather than quote the numerous highlights in this letter, I'll simply leave you to enjoy it. Do make sure you read to the end. Head over to Kottke for a brief but lovely little update about the later years of Jourdon and family. (This letter, along with 124 other fascinating pieces of correspondence, can be found in the bestselling book, Letters of Note. Dayton, Ohio, August 7, 1865To My Old Master, Colonel P.H.

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