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James Hunter Minor correspondence, 1854-1865.
BANC MSS 2019/116 box 1
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Title:

James Hunter Minor correspondence, 1854-1865

Creator/Contributor:

Minor, James Hunter, creator, correspondent.

Creator/Contributor:

Terrell, James Hunter, 1785?-1857?

Abstract:

Comprises 31 letters (7 original, 24 photocopies + typescript transcripts of each letter): 7 original handwritten letters from the emancipated slaves of Dr. James Hunter Terrell currently living in Careysburg, Liberia to the executor of Terrell's estate, James Hunter Minor; 24 photocopies of similar handwritten letters to Miner. Also includes a typescript transcription of Terrell's will, dated and signed on August 9, 1854 and amended on August 12, 1854 in Albemarle County, Virginia, portions of which specify the freeing and caring for the slaves, their transportation to Liberia, and the naming of Minor as one of the executors. Specific instructions in the will include a suggestion that the freed slaves go to Liberia but ultimately leaves the decision up to them. And that if they choose to stay for family reasons that they be sold to another owner of their choice for a nominal fee. The only restriction Terrell places on this option is that the executors of the estate can veto their choice if they determine that "... the negroes are making a bad or very injudicious choice of owners." Most of the letters from the freedmen request that certain supplies be sent to them in Liberia, often listing people's names and the goods they would like to receive such as tobacco, flour, nails, linen, etc., and describe their life in Liberia.

Date:

1854 (issued)

Subject:

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Minor, James Hunter -- Correspondence
Terrell, James Hunter -- 1785?-1857? -- Estate
Freedmen -- Liberia -- Careysburg -- Correspondence
Slaves -- Virginia -- Albemarle County
Careysburg (Liberia) -- Description and travel
Liberia -- Description and travel

Note:

James Hunter Minor correspondence, BANC MSS 2019/116, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Letters from Liberia: Correspondence from former slaves of Dr. James Hunter Terrell addressed to Dr. James Hunter Minor and others University of Virginia, Alderman Library, Accession 10, 460, Manuscripts Department.
Gift of Caroline Goodwin Gwerder and Alice Goodwin Lenz ; 2019.
James Hunter Minor was the nephew of James Hunter Terrell. Terrell's freed slaves sailed to Liberia on December 6, 1856 aboard the Mary Caroline Stevens under the care of the American Colonial Society. They settled first in Clay Ashland near Monrovia which proved to be an unhealthy climate of low swamp lands. 18 died the first year and the survivors moved farther inland to Careysburg. Each family was given 30 acres of land on which they built their homes and established farms. Schools were provided for both children and adults as well as churches.
In English.

Type:

Wills.

Physical Description:

print
0.2 (1

Language:

English

Identifier:

BANC MSS 2019/116 box 1

Origin:

California