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    CHAPTER XIII.
  --  LETTER FROM A SLAVE MOTHER.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER XIV.
  --  LETTER FROM THE OWNER OF ELIZABETH.

Mattison, Hiram
Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon

- CHAPTER XIII. -- LETTER FROM A SLAVE MOTHER.
- SECOND LETTER FROM THE SLAVE MOTHER.


SECOND LETTER FROM THE SLAVE MOTHER.


"Warton, Warton County,

March 13, '59. " My Dear Daughter ,

"Your very kind and affectionate letters dated at St. Louis, One in January the other in Febuary has been received and contents partickularly notist, I had them read often creating in me both Sorrow and Joy. Joy that you were living & a doing wel so far as the comforts of this world are concerned and you seem to have a bright prospect in the World to come, this the brightest of all other prospects, If a Person should gain the whole world & lose there Soul they have lost all, My Dear Daughter you say a great deal to me about instructing your Brother in his duty, I endeavor to set a good example before him it is all that I can do John is a good example disposed Boy & a favorite with his Master, Arthur, Jim & Mary are all members of the Babtist Church, they are all well and a doing well, In your first letter you spoke of trying to purchase me & your Brother, the proposition was made to you to exchange Property of equal value, or to take One Thousand Dollars for

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me, & Fifteen Hundred for your Brother this may seem an extravagant price to you but it is not an average price for Servants, I know of nothing on this earth that would gratify me so much as to meet with My Dear & only daughter, I fear that I should not be able to retain my senses on account of the great Joy it would create in me, But time alone will develup whether this meeting will tak plase on earth or not Hope keeps the soul alive, but my Dear Daughter if this should not be our happy lot, I pray God that we may be able to hold fast to the end, & be the Happy recipients of the promise made to the faithful. There will be no parting there, but we shall live in the immediate presence and smiles of our God. It is not in our power to comply with your request in regard to the Degeurrotypes this tim, we shall move to Matagorda shortly, there I can comply with your request. Arthur, Jim, Mary and your brother desire to be very kindly remembered to you, Answer this at as early a date as convenient Direct your letter to Goven A.C. Horton, Matagorda, Texas.

"May God guide and protect you through Life, & Finally save You in Heaven is the prayer of your affectionate mother," Elizabeth Ramsey ."

Before this second letter was received Mrs. P. writes to Mr. Horton, reminding him that her mother was growing old, and that it would be better for him to sell her cheaper, and buy a younger person. In answer to this letter the following was received from Mr. Horton himself.


    CHAPTER XIII.
  --  LETTER FROM A SLAVE MOTHER.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER XIV.
  --  LETTER FROM THE OWNER OF ELIZABETH.