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d children? So I has. Is your mistress a member of the church? Yes, course she is. Didn't she tell you it was wrong to get children, if you were not married? No, ob course not, was the simple and rather angry answer. What did she say, when your children were born? Did n't say nuthina. I presume Miss----, acts on the precept, Judge not, that ye be not judged. Her charity for her slaves is great, and verily it covereth a multitude of sins! Eli Thayer's scheme. May 15.--I have had a conversation with a prominent politician of the town, on the plan of Eli Thayer, to colonize Virginia by free white laborers. He launched out into an ocean — or perhaps mud-puddle would be the apter phrase — of political invective against the black republicans and abolitionists of the North. He regarded Mr. Thayer as a braggadocio — a fool — or a political trickster — who merely threatened Virginia for effect at home. He couldn't think he was in earnest. I told him that
from $8 to $10, by the week. Over at Washington, they are employed by the piece, but work, they say, is precarious and fluctuating. Iii. Fairfax county. Alexandria final views Suburbs of Alexandria a small farm cost of slave labor an absentee farm farming in Virginia talk about Free labor Irishmen in Virginia Irish Girls as helps Northern emigrants notes by the way talk with a slave a nigger's worth a hundred dollars first time he can holler, Fairfax Court House, May 17.--I left Alexandria this morning, on foot, to see how the country looked, how the people talked, the price of land, the mode of living, and the system of agriculture now in vogue in this very fertile section of Virginia. I regret to state that repeated walks through the city of Alexandria compel me to adhere to my first impressions of that lazy town. It is a dull, dismal, dirty, decrepit, ill-paved, ill-swept, ill-scented place. It has slowly increased in population, and its real estate
and de Northern folks here's too light agin it. This theory — Garrison's Ethiopianized — was probably gathered from some Only Wise politician's speech, or allusions to the Federal Constitution. Iv. Fairfax county. Fairfax Court House a white slave his story Northern Renegades price of Inanimate real estate Free and slave labor a Virginian on Yankees system of farming amalgamation hordes of Abolitionists, perhaps, in Virginia, at A farmer's House in Fairfax county, May 18.--Fairfax Court House, from which I dated my last letter, is a village of four or five hundred inhabitants — of what the Western people, in their peculiar idiom, call the one horse order of municipalities. It contains a court house, built of brick, one or two churches, half a dozen houses, on the outskirts of the village, built in rather a tasteful style, three taverns of the most decrepit and dilapidated aspect, and several stores which present the same unsightly and haggard appearance. I<
ith perfect recklessness — or in the spirit of the Six Hundred of Balaklava — into the very month — the open door-way — of this terrestrial H El. Astonished to find a room in it without a, fire, I instantly ordered one, regardless of consequences. And here I am, for once, in a very snug old room, with a blazing wood fire, as comfortable as a Boston traveller can be, at so great a distance from the old folks to hum and the mellifluous nasal melody of New England pronunciation. Richmond, May 23.--Warrenton is a pleasant little village, situated in the centre of Fauquier county. I arrived there late in the afternoon, tired, drenched and muddy, and left by the early train on the following morning. It was still raining when I took my departure; so I had no time to collect statistics of the price of land, or any incidents of social life and country customs. I had a talk with a Virginian at the hotel on politics, and Eli Thayer's scheme of colonization. He said that in Eastern Virg
m, stunted shrubbery and grass, when, by scientific culture and a little labor, it might be heavy with tobacco or the cereal grains. There is a great field open here for Northern intelligence and Northern industry. Vi. Richmond. Richmond Christian advertisements a sign of the times the slave auction room the auctioneer a boy sold been examining her how niggers has riz Jones and Slater a mother on the Block a young Spartan maiden a curse on Virginia, Richmond, May 24.--Charleston excepted, and also, perhaps, Montgomery in Alabama, Romehilled Richmond is the most charming in situation or in outside aspect, of all the Southern cities that I have ever visited. It is a city of over 20,000 inhabitants — the political, commercial, and social metropolis of the State--well laid out, beautifully shaded, studded with little gardens — has several factories, good hotels, a multiplicity of churches, a theatre, five daily papers, a great number of aristocratic stre
somebody else. I was too tired to talk to him much. I only asked him-- Who is your master? I belong, he said, to the Estate: but am going to be divided in June. Divided! Yes, sir, he said, we all on us is to be divided among the heirs — there's eight on ‘em — in June, and I's afeard I'll fall to one of the NortherneJune, and I's afeard I'll fall to one of the Northerners! Next morning he told me his story, in reply to my questions. I took it down in stenographic notes. Here it is: His story. I belong to the estate of W----. I will be twenty-one, I think it is in June. (I have seldom known a slave to know his age positively.) My mother was a light-colored mulatto; she was a houseJune. (I have seldom known a slave to know his age positively.) My mother was a light-colored mulatto; she was a house-servant with old Mr W----. His son R----was my father. Old W----died about a month before last Christmas. The estate holds me and my mother too. There are eight heirs — all children of old Mr. W----. W----had twenty-four slaves. We are to be divided this coming June. I do n't know who I am going to. There are two on them
er questions, but she referred me to an old man who was working — planting corn — down in a field near the line of railroad. I went down to him. There are two high knolls on the farm, which are formed of a gravelly soil. On the knoll south of the master's house, is an old, large log hut--an Uncle Tom's cabin — of three rooms; at the bottom of the knoll is a stable, requiring renovation, capable of holding eight horses and two tons of hay, and a barn which is calculated to accommodate fifteen cows and twenty tons of hay. The soil, except on the knolls, is a light, rich, clayey loam. It would take at least $500 to renovate the farm-buildings and the house; while the fences are sadly dilapidated. The whole farm requires refencing. I went down to the field. A young negro man was ploughing, and a black boy of fourteen, very small of his age, was assisting the old man in planting. I asked him several questions about the farm which it is unnecessary to repeat here. He said<
ospitable entertainment. and much valuable information. Notes by the way. After dinner at Mr. Deming's, I rode back to Alexandria, for a valued casket I had forgotten, but immediately returned and resumed my journey afoot and alone. The further you leave Alexandria behind, the land becomes less beautiful and less cultivated. I subjoin these notes as the results of my talks and observations on the road to Fairfax Court House. Northern farmers first began to settle in this county in 1841. At that time, this section, now one of the most fertile in the State, was desolate and sterile, and the question was seriously discussed whether it could ever again be cultivated. The Northerners bought up the run-out farms, and immediately began to renovate the soil. Fertility reappeared — the wilderness began to blossom as the rose. Virginia farmers began to see that there was still some hope for their lands, and immediately commenced to imitate and emulate their Northern neighbors. T
October 18th, 1855 AD (search for this): chapter 6
My third trip. I. Missouri. Lynching an Abolitionist Parkville Col. Park the mob in Court the victim evidence Ruffiau Law Pleas different modes of punishment proposed the Lynching done Riding on a rail, Lynching an Abolitionist. before proceeding on my third trip to the sea<*> board slave States, let me narrate one scene that I witnessed in the Far West: On the 18th of October, 1855, I was at Parkville, Missouri. It is one of the little towns on the Missouri River, and acquired some celebrity during the troubles in Kansas. It is built on rugged and very hilly ground, as almost all the towns on this unstable river are. It was founded by Colonel Park, a citizen of Illinois, twenty years, or more, before my visit to it. A mild, kind, hospitable, law-abiding man: one would naturally think that he — the founder of the town, the richest of its citizens, and a slaveholder, albeit, who had never once uttered an abolition sentiment — would not only have esca
conversation with a prominent politician of the town, on the plan of Eli Thayer, to colonize Virginia by free white laborers. He launched out into an ocean — or perhaps mud-puddle would be the apter phrase — of political invective against the black republicans and abolitionists of the North. He regarded Mr. Thayer as a braggadocio — a fool — or a political trickster — who merely threatened Virginia for effect at home. He couldn't think he was in earnest. I told him that Stringfellow and Atchison had said that had it not been for Mr. Thayer, and his Emigrant Aid scheme, Kansas ere this would have been a slave State. Then, sir, said the politician, sternly, if he comes to Virginia with such a reputation, he will be met as he deserves — expelled instantly or strung up. He did not believe that a single responsible citizen of Virginia would aid or countenance his scheme of colonization. He did not believe that Virginia had contributed $60,000 of stock to the Company. Mr. Un
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