Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon
LOOKS TOO MUCH LIKE MADAME RANDOLPH'S CHILDREN, AND IS
SOLD OUT OF THE FAMILY.
"I WAS born in Columbia, South Carolina. My mother's name was Elizabeth. She was a slave owned by John Randolph,
(*) What "John Randolph" this was, we know not; but suppose it was not the celebrated "John Randolph of Roanoke," though it may have been, and probably was, one of the same family. A gentleman in Xenia, Ohio, told Mrs. P. that if she could only make it out that her mother was one of John Randolph's slaves, there was money somewhere, now, of John Randolph's estate, to buy her mother and brother.
and was a seamstress in his family. She was fifteen years old when I was born. Mother's mistress had a child only two weeks older than me. Mother's mistress had a child only two weeks older than me. Mother's master, Mr. Randolph, was my father. So mother told me. She was forbid to tell who was my father, but I looked so much like Madame Randolph's baby that she got dissatisfied, and mother had to be sold. Then mother and me was sent to Georgia, and sold. I was a baby--don't remember at all, but suppose I was about two months old, may be older."