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R. L. Kennon and Joshua Boucher to Joseph Watson, March 23,1827

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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.


R. L. Kennon and Joshua Boucher to Joseph Watson, March 23, 1827

Tuskaloosa March 23rd. 1827.

Dear Sir,

having just witnessed the liberation of Cornelius St Clair, by the decision of the Court, (which has afforded not a little pleasure to many of the benevolent of this place,) & still feeling it a duty & a pleasure to engaged in this labour of love, we address you on the case of another Boy stolen from your City, who is now held in slavery in an adjoining County. The facts as far as they have come to our knowled are the follows viz. The boy is now called Charly but says his true name is Jacob Simons— & that he lived in South Street between the 4. & 5. in April 1825. Was sold by Bill Lewis to Joseph Lewis who sold him to Joseph Johnson, by whom he was brot to this state & sold to the man who at present holds him in slavery-- At the time he was kidnaped he was bound to Dr. Russan of Philadelphia, he is 19 years old in July 1827. He was raised by Jane Hutt a woman of Colur who taught school for several years in 6 Street betwen Lombard & Pine. He is acquainted with J. Pellusgrove & Richard Allen a Methodist Preacher in Spruce Street. Should you Sir, be able to ascertain any facts corroberative of this statement, you will be pleased to transmit them to us at this place as soon as may be. Direct your Communications to R. L. Kennon Tuskaloosa Alabama. In the close, Sir, we assure you that we shall always take pleasure in doing all we can in accomplishing the liberation of any persons of colour who may have been kidnaped & sold in this land of slavery. We think it would not be prudent to make kown the facts of this case thro any of the public prints for fear he might be sold where nothing would be heard of him.

With high esteem yours
R. L. Kennon
Joshua Boucher




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