|CHAPTER XVI. -- SOLICITING HELP ABROAD TO BUY A MOTHER.|
Thus fitted for her undertaking, Mrs. P. started out in Cincinnati first, and obtained subscriptions to the amount of about three hundred dollars. Among them was one by John Carlisle , Esq. (the gentleman in whose employ Mr. Picquet has been for years), amounting to fifty dollars. A Mr. W. Mills gave ten dollars, P. Wilson twenty dollars, and many others in Cincinnati five dollars each.
Mrs. P. then went to Lebanon, Ohio, to see Hon. Thomas Corwin, but he had gone to Washington; but his nephew, Matthias Corwin, took her book, and wrote as follows in it:
"I hereby certify that I have known the bearer, Louisa Picquet, for the last ten years. She comes to Lebanon to ask aid to purchase her mother, who is now a slave in Texas. I have no doubt but the money that is given will be faithfully applied to that purpose.
M. Corwin .
"Lebanon, January 28, 1860."
A Mr. Suydam went one way in Lebanon with Mrs. Picquet and the book, and Mr. Corwin another, and between them raised a nice little sum; but the book does not show where that subscription ends, and the next village begins. Mr. Corwin then gave her a letter to some member of the legislature, at Columbus, where she obtained $121. She next visited Dayton, Springfield, Xenia, Urbana, and Wellington, in all of which places she obtained more or less help, though the amounts were generally small.