Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 13

Price Realized: $ 1,800
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 800
"WE WISH TO TAKE UP A COLLECTION TO ASSIST THE FUGITIVE" (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) NICKLESS, SAMUEL. Autograph Letter Signed to an unknown anti-slavery lecturer. Single 4to page, written on one side; faint creases where folded. Matted and framed. Philadelphia, 26 August, 1848

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Samuel Nickless was the Treasurer of William Still's Philadelphia Vigilance Committee, a part of the Underground Railroad organized to aid escaped slaves. Nickless writes asking an unnamed lecturer to come and speak: "The members of the Second African Presbyterian Church take the liberty of asking you to give us a lecture, showing what we can do toward hastening the emancipation of the slave. At which time we wish to take up a collection to assist the fugitive . . . Samuel Nickless on behalf of the Church and Congregation." Beneath this "Please leave an answer at the Liberty Office."