Location: Natchez, Mississippi
December 3, 1827 letter from Samuel P. Garrigues, in Natchez, Mississippi, to Joseph Watson describing developments in the case of the kidnapped African American children from Philadelphia, including the progression of the trials of the individuals involved.
This letter is the second letter sent on the trip described in
His previous letter is
His next letter is
Joseph Watson Correspondence, Mss. 1872, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
- Natchez Dec 3rd 1827
I arrived here last night at 9 o’clock and have this morning waited on Mr Walker. He informs me that the persons spoken of remain as when he wrote you. He says he has twice wrote you since the last letter spoken of by you. If so they must have miscarried; He had the case of Lydia Smith before the court and had to suffer[?] a non suit for want of evidence. I have seen her but do not know her, neither does she me. She was purchased by a Mr. Walsh for five hundred and fifty dollars and is hired out through the town [and] has the appearance of a lady from her dress as a person far better off than are negros in common. The best evidence that could be had would be [if] one of the boys that was apprentice[d] to Bowns[?] Lawber[?] at the time she lived there which was the first place she lived at after leaving Georgetown. Found that there is no Court however until May that can be heard. Ephraim Lawrence is with a person by the name of Dickinson or Ross. [I] cannot learn which until I go to Monticello, Clem Cox the same. Mr Perryman holds the others as heretofore he holds of them all are held to bail in the term of two thousand dollars for their appearance. They are all determined to have positive evidence from some white person who can identify the judges of the court entirely in their favor. The holders are considered poor men [and] the loss of the boys they suppose would break ??? up. Henry H. McCawley came out with me on the ship
- Your obedient servant