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Documents >  Joshua Coffin to Lydia Maria Child. June 25, 1842
Coffin, a member of the American Anti-Slavery Society, writes to author and abolitionist Lydia Maria Child about Harriet Jacobs. "I hope you will call & see, if she is now in the city, one of the most interesting cases of escape from slavery that you have ever seen."


Phila. 25 June 1842

Esteemed Friend,

... I hope you will call & see, if she is now in the city, one of the most interesting cases of escape from slavery that you have ever seen. She was sent from this city yesterday morning & consigned to Mr. Johnston. She is from N.C. was brought away by a sea captain. She was sold by her master to the speculators & to avoid being sent away she was hidden for 7 years! in a small upper room of a house occupied by colored people & within a hundred yards of her master's house, who did not know she was there. She had not seen her boy, for 7 years till within 3 days of her coming away. She has been shut up so long that she can hardly walk. Another woman was brought away from Delaware, who was found tied to a tree. If Mr. Johnston was the man he ought to be, he would invite you occasionally to see some of these remarkable cases, which are continually passing from Phil. to N.Y. The Vagrant what a queer mistake. The Vigilance Committee of this city are doing a fine business in weakening & delapidating the edifice of slavery. Success to them...

Joshua Coffin


Citation:

Autograph letter, signed; Anti-Slavery Collection, Boston Public Library; Lydia Maria Child Papers, The Collected Correspondence of Lydia Maria Child, 1817-1880, ed. Patricia G. Holland and Milton Meltzer. Millwood, N.Y.: Kraus Microfilm, 1980. 14:389—4