Lot 7: 1856 NY Black Abolitionist jobs for fugitive slaves
10th August 2017
Heading: African-American, 1856. Title: NY Black Abolitionist (and future San Francisco journalist) - jobs for fugitive slaves. Place Published: New York. Date Published: 1856. Description: Joshua Whitney. Autograph Note Signed. Richfield Spring, New York, May 26, 1856. 1pg. To Morgan Bryan, Care of Rushmore Cone & Co., Warren Street, New York City. With original stamped mailing envelope showing embossed ad of Whitney's Spring House hotel in a village southeast of Utica "Will you do me the kindness to call on Mr. Bell, 99 Leonard Street, Intelligence Office and ascertain why he has not answered my letters to him in relation to Margaret the Cook and Bridget the Laundress as I must not be disappointed, write me now about the Beef etc." Three years before he moved to Gold Rush California to become the leading African-American journalist in San Francisco, Philip Alexander Bell was one of the first vocal northern Black Abolitionists, founder of anti-slavery newspapers in New York City - while also, as this letter indicates, running an "Intelligence Office" (i.e., employment agency) that placed Black workers - undoubtedly fugitive slaves - in obscure jobs, hidden from the searching eyes of Southern slave-hunters.. Condition: Very good.
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