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A Well Written Letter

Courtney McCann

In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdon Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdon — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of this letter (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated).

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  • Liz Dwyer

    I've read this letter so many times and it never gets old. Every time I get to the part where Anderson writes, "Now if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again," I'm like TELL IT BROTHER! So politely written but so very straight to the point. Thanks for sharing