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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1855
|B.S. Schneck to George Besore requesting money to send a slave family to Africa
|29 January 1855
|Schneck, B. S. (Benjamin Shroder) (1806-1874)
|Schneck asks for $300 to send a slave's wife and three children to Africa. The husband must also purchase his freedom for $1,500, but the Society is trying to raise money to assist in the transport itself. Written on behalf of the Colonization Society. Schneck describes "a family of Slaves in Jefferson Co. Virginia, whom the owner -- a widow Lady-- is willing to liberate for the purpose" of sending them to Africa. He writes that the lady "is much attached" to the man but "as he has expressed a wish to go to Liberia, she has generously offered him his freedom (without any remuneration) if he can raise the money to go -- besides she will clothe the family for one year hence."
|Slave Life Slavery African American History Africa Colonization Immigration and Migration Children and Family Women's History Charity and Philanthropy Finance Manumission Emancipation Clothing and Accessories
|Schneck (b. S. (Benjamin Shroder) (1806-1874) Besore, George (1799-1871)
|Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Banking & Economics; Women in American History; Children & Family
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Benjamin S. Schneck was a German Reformed Preacher and newspaper publisher.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859