Lot 331: Ex-slave of President Monroe as Texas nurse, 1858

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2016-01-13 11:46:56

Lot 331: Author: N/A; Title: Letter from New York lawyer visiting Texas, cared for by "kind-hearted" Black nurse who has once been a slave of President Monroe; Place Published: Houston, TX; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1858; Description: D.[irck?] C.Russell. 2 Autograph Letters Signed. Houston, Texas, January 25 and February 20, 1858. 3pp., and 4pp. To his wife, Albany, New York. With original mailing envelopes. Probably a young Salem, New York lawyer whose brother, an Army General, was later killed during the Civil War, Russell had gone to Texas for three months, partly on business, but also for his health in the beneficial warm southern climate, as he suffered from coughing fits of Asthma as well as some unnamed "severe illness" which had left him "low and weak"s. But he then fully recovered thanks to the "watchful care" of the landlady of his boarding house,and his nurse, a "kind hearted niger woman... In Yellow fever times, she gets $10 a day. She was once owned by James Monroe, a former President of United States. I have no doubt she made 50 little [misses?] for me some days, they were all faithful and saved my life and I am satisfied, though it has made an awful hole in my pocket." Complete description available. Please contact pba@pbagalleries.com for more information. Condition: Very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $400-600
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