|CHAPTER XXIII. -- MORE LETTERS FROM THE MOTHER.|
" April 15th, '60. " Dear Daughter ,
"I have been looking for some time for a letter from you.
"I wrote to you on the business you wrote to me a bout; I have never herd if you received the letter or not.
"I received a letter from you that was written to Mrs Horton a few days since. She red it and then sent it to me. I ask her what she would do for us. She said that she was willing for him to take less
"I had a talk with Col Horton yesterday he told me that he would not take less than nine hundred dollars & no less this is hard but we can not help it so you must make your self easy & dont fret any more than you can help.
"I would help you but my Situation is such that I cant.
"You must come and see me soon your brother was well when I heard from him last kiss my little grand children for me your affectionate mother,"
" Matagorda , April 21, 1860. " Dear Daughter ,
"I received your kind & affectionate letter, & was glad to hear that you was well, & getting along very well. I was sorry to learn that you were disappointed in raising the amount of money required to purchase me. In a conversation with my master on the subject he says he is willing to take a woman in exchange for me, of my age and capasity or he will under the circumstances take nine hundred dollars in cash for me he says he would not part with me except under existing circumstances, he also says that money cannot buy either Arthur or John he is a training John to take charge of one of his Plantations he has unlimited confidence in him & will not part
"Farewell My Dear Daughter. May God protect you from All evil, is the prayer of your affectionate Mother.Elizabeth Ramsey
This Arthur, it must be remembered, is the coachman sold with Mrs. Ramsey in Mobile, and bought by Col. Horton twenty years before; and John is the "baby" sold with its mother--the brother of Mrs. Picquet. Arthur is now, and has long been, Mrs. Ramsey's husband; and yet he is entirely willing she should go, if she can only be "free;" and she is willing to leave her husband and son forever, if she can only enjoy the precious boon of freedom. Oh, how sweet is LIBERTY! The Daguerreotype shows John to be as white as one in a hundred of our white fellow-citizens.
These two letters we took to Mrs. P., as directed, and read them to her; and the tide of emotion they created in her bosom, we can never describe. Joy, mingled with intense sorrow--the one, to learn that her mother could be bought for $100 less than the former price; and sorrow, to learn, at the same time, that her brother could not be bought out of bondage at any price. These two conflicting currents seemed to sweep over her soul in a mingled flood of joy and sorrow.
But all this only showed the importance of every proper effort to restore the mother to freedom, even if the brother was obliged to remain in life-long bondage.