Varia re: Slaves [112 B1-P6]., 01/01/1833-12/31/1860
Series-level Scope and Content Note
This series consists of material pertaining to the ownership of Negro slaves.
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From the Collection: 131 Linear Feet (224 boxes)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
This folder [112 B1-P6] consists essentially of correspondence pertaining to slaves. Items include the following: Letter (Oct. 21, 1833) from Thomas Brown, a slave, lamenting poor living conditions and requesting to purchase his freedom from his master, Father Verheagen, President of St. Louis University; Edmund J. Forstall [attorney in Johnson slave affair] account with Georgetown College (1844); Letter of request (1851) from Doctor Jesse Batey for mortgage release on slaves; Letter (Apr. 9, 1844) to Francis Vespre, S.J., from Branden Williams; Letter (Jan. 28, 1851) from Henry Johnson, Governor of Louisiana, to Charles C. Lancaster, S.J.; Letter (Apr. 9, 1852) from John R. Thompson to Charles Stonestreet, S.J.; Nine letters (1852-1859) from John R. Thompson to C.C. Lancaster; Letter (Feb. 25, 1859) from C.C. Lancaster to Thomas J. Semmes; Power of attorney (1859) from Thomas F. Mulledy, S.J., to John R. Thomopson; Three letters (1859) from C.C. Lancaster to Thomas F. Mulledy, S.J.; Letter (Mar. 21, 1859) from Thomas J. Semmes has note (1860) attached from C.C. Lancaster.
Subjects and Associated Physical Materials
THOMPSON, JOHN R.-CORRESP.-(1852): Manuscript
STONESTREET, (SJ) CHARLES H.-CORRESP.-(1852): Manuscript
NEGROES [SLAVES]-LIVING CONDITIONS: Manuscript
SEMMES, THOMAS J.-CORRESP.: Manuscript
BATEY, (DR.) JESSE-MORTGAGE RELEASE REQUEST: Manuscript
MULLEDY, (SJ) THOMAS F.-CORRESP.-(1859): Manuscript
WILLIAMS, BRANDEN-CORRESP.-(1844): Manuscript
VERHEAGEN, (REV).-(1833): Manuscript
LANCASTER, (SJ) C.C.-CORRESP.: Manuscript
FORSTALL, EDMUND-ACCOUNT W/ GEORGETOWN U.-(1844): Manuscript
BESPRE, (SJ) FRANCIS-CORRSP.-(1844): Manuscript
JOHNSON, HENRY J.-CORRESP.-(1851): Manuscript
NEGROES [SLAVES]-LETTER REQUESTING MANUMISSION-(1833): Manuscript
BROWN, THOMAS-CORRESP.-(1833): Manuscript
NEGROES [SLAVES]: Manuscript
SLAVES-LIVING CONDITIONS: Manuscript
SLAVES-LETTER REQUESTS MANUMISSION-(1833): Manuscript
Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository