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    CHAPTER XV.
  --  PRIVATE EFFORTS TO BUY THE MOTHER.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER XVII.
  --  LOUISA IS IDENTIFIED IN OHIO BY A FELLOW-TRAVELER.

Mattison, Hiram
Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon

- CHAPTER XVI. -- SOLICITING HELP ABROAD TO BUY A MOTHER.

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.

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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.


    CHAPTER XV.
  --  PRIVATE EFFORTS TO BUY THE MOTHER.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER XVII.
  --  LOUISA IS IDENTIFIED IN OHIO BY A FELLOW-TRAVELER.