May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 70

Price Realized: $ 469
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) James, Horace. Circular letter seeking funds for the new Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony. 2 printed pages, 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, signed in type as "Supt. of Blacks for the Dept. of N. Carolina," plus integral blank leaf; folds, unevenly trimmed, bit of original envelope adhered in right margin, one line added in manuscript. New York, 27 June 1863

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Horace James was a Congregationalist minister who was appointed to create a freedmen's colony on Roanoke Island in North Carolina. It was intended to provide a means of sustenance for some of the thousands of freedmen who had not enlisted in the United States Colored Troops--particularly women, children, the elderly, and the infirm. In this letter, James urgently requests funds to help create a "new social order in the south." More specifically, he cites a need for timber, a sawmill, agricultural and fishing implements, kitchen and school supplies, and clothing. "To fight the country's battles, is our first grand duty. To lay new foundations for a just and prosperous peace throughout the recreant South, is our second. For some time to come, the two processes must be carried on together. Let us fight with our right hand, and civilize with our left." No others traced at auction.