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Collection Reference Number GLC04743
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1855 
Title B.S. Schneck to George Besore requesting money to send a slave family to Africa
Date 29 January 1855
Author Schneck, B. S. (Benjamin Shroder) (1806-1874)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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."
Subjects 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  
People Schneck (b. S. (Benjamin Shroder) (1806-1874)  Besore, George (1799-1871)  
Place written Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Theme Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Banking & Economics; Women in American History; Children & Family
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Benjamin S. Schneck was a German Reformed Preacher and newspaper publisher.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859