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"ALL THE MURDER WAS DONE IN ABOUT 24 HOURS" (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Weaver, Eleanor. Letter containing news of Nat Turner's Rebellion. Autograph Letter Signed to her daughter Theodosia "Dicy" Miller and son-in-law Jacob F. Miller in Lewisburg, OH. 3 pages, 12 1/2 x 8 inches, on one folding sheet, with address panel on verso marked "25" for postage; short separations at folds with tape repairs, minor wear. Madison County, VA, 6 January 1832
Letter written by Eleanor Wayland Weaver (1773-1855) in northern Virginia to her son and daughter in Ohio relating news of the recent Nat Turner's Rebellion: "Dear children, you appeared to be very much alarmed about us respecting the Negroes rising. We have no cause of alarm at present, but how soon we can't say. All the mischief done was confined to one county in the lower part of the state, the county of Southampton. There was about 67 persons old & young put to death by about eight or ten Negroes ring leaders & some few they forced to assist them, say some 20 or thirty headed by a Negro preacher. All the murder was done in about 24 hours. They have all been taken & put to death. General Nat the preacher absconded & kept out of the way for several weeks, but he was at last taken & put to death. We hope our government will take some steps to put down Negro preaching. It is those large assemblies of Negroes causes the mischief." Weaver continues with her reflections on the inherent contradictions of slavery: "I wish we had not one in this country, they are an unhappy race & render all those that have them unhappy. However, we have them & we must do the best we can with them."
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