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Collection Reference Number GLC00328
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1843 
Title Adiel Sherwood to Absalom Janes with various pieces of news, including the story of a runaway slave
Date 25 February 1843
Author Sherwood, Adiel (1791-1879)  
Recipient Janes, Absalom  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Sherwood, President of Shurtleff College, writes to Colonel Janes, a trustee of Mercer University. Writes, "A lady from La. was visiting at Jacksonville a few days ago with a servant girl: an abolitionist decoyed her off & took her into Greene Co. The kidnapper & his father were [laid] under $5,000 bonds to appear at Court. While the friends of the lady were taking [inserted: the girl] to St. Louis to meet her mistress, the [boundary] party arrested them, (I suppose for same offence), but they claimed a trial in Alton & were acquitted. Mean while, the girl was sent across the River & was out of reach of abolitionists & met her mistress, in St. Louis who was on her return home. These characters have not risen much in my estimation since [3] I came to the state & heard of their movements. Our girl, Ann, says she must go back to Ga. in the fall & I suppose I must gratify her."
Subjects African American History  Abolition  Reform Movement  Slavery  Law  Education  Women's History  Runaway Slave  Slave Life  
People Sherwood, Adiel (1791-1879)  Janes, Absalom (1796-1847)  
Place written Upper Alton, Illinois
Theme Law; Education; Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Women in American History
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Sherwood was a Baptist minister, educator, and writer who spent much of his career in Georgia. He was a founder of the Mercer Institute, now Mercer University.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859