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H. V. Somerville to Joseph Watson, April 5,1827

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Date: 5 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.

As a result of this letter, Joseph Watson sent

H. V. Somerville to Joseph Watson, April 5,1827

Baltimore April 5th. 1827.

All the information I have of James Dailey was obtain'd from himself whom I accidentally met on the Banks of the Mississippi while the Steam Boat was wooding [illeg.] which I ascended the river — James appear'd to be in feeble health and gave such prompt and intelligent answers to some questions I made him as to the neighbourhood and its inhabitants that I ask'd him where he liv'd and who was his master — he said he was at the time I saw him staying at the neighbourhood physician's where his master Col. Hicky had sent him for the restoration of his health.— That he had been stolen away from Philada., about 12. or 18 months ago in company with another Boy about 16 years of age nam'd Washington Brown, by a man nam'd or calling himself Pickett— They were taken to Pittsburg and thence down the river to Louisiana where he was sold for life to Col. H. and the boy Brown sold elsewhere in the same State he believes, but he knows not where— He represented his mother As residing in Gallehill Street between Race and Vine North. Lib. Philada.— his mother had married a 2nd. time with a colour'd man nam'd Samuel Morris and that his mother's name was Mary. The Sta[illeg.] [illeg.] of James being well connected and plausible and his showing a considerable knowledge of the city of Phila. I was induc'd [illeg.] [to] believe his story correct, and therefore took a minute of it in my pocket-book— I drew the attention of several passengers on board the Boat so the Boy's representation of the villainy which had been practis'd on him, all of whom were dispos'd to think his manner and story wore the impress of truth.

I am not personally acquainted with Col. Hicky, but he is a gentleman of high character and fortune and from reputation I feel no hesitation in saying it will give him pleasure to restore the unfortunate subject of this communication to his family and freedom. Col. Hicky resides on a large sugar Estate about six miles below the village of Baton-Rouge State of Louisiana, and on the left Bank of the river descending.

H V Somerville

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