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H. V. Somerville to Thomas Ellicott, April 2, 1827

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Date: 2 Apr 1827 [unknown]
Location: Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United Statesmap
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Henderson, John, Joseph Watson, Job Brown, Thomas Bradford, R. L. Kennon, Joshua Boucher, H. V. Somerville, and Eric Ledell Smith. "Notes and Documents: Rescuing African American Kidnapping Victims in Philadelphia as Documented in the Joseph Watson Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania." The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 129, no. 3 (2005): 317-45. Accessed May 15, 2021. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20093801.

This letter is found in the Joseph Watson Papers, but it is actually a letter addressed to Thomas Ellicott and forwarded to Joseph Watson.

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H. V. Somerville to Mr. Thomas Ellicott, April 10,1827

James Dailey & Washington Brown

James, states that his mother has married a second time to a colour'd man nam'd Samuel Morris, and that her name is Mary— They are said to keep house in Gallehill Street between Race and Vine Northern liberties, Philada. — James is a mulatto Boy about fifteen years of age and says that he and Washington Brown were kidnapp'd in Philada. about a year ago since by a White man nam'd Pickett and taken to Louisiana where I saw him.

Mr. Ellicott may probably do much service to humanity by getting some of his friends in Philadelphia to enquire whether such a family may be found as nam'd above, and whether two such Boys disappear'd mysteriously during the past year. I can direct where James may be found if it shd. appear that his story shd. be correct.

H V Somerville




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