Mar 26, 2015 - Sale 2377

Sale 2377 - Lot 135

Price Realized: $ 6,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(UNDERGROUND RAIL ROAD.) GIBBS, JACOB. Autograph Letter Signed to friend Morris: "It has been some time since I sent anyone to your charge. . ." Single 4to leaf, written on one side only; docketed by Gibbs on the reverse; in pencil the name Henry R. Hill, a recent runaway. New York, 26 September, 1853

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A letter with significant content, written by a noted black abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor to another conductor: "Friend Morris, It has been some time since I have sent anyone to your charge, having understood the disorganization of the Vigilance Committee. Sometime ago, I forbore sending [any more]. But having understood you all are [?] again in acting order, we did take the liberty to send some few days ago a man & his family to the care of your committee through (crossed out) to the care of Frederick Douglass & now I send this our Brother to your care hoping he may find favour (sic) among you. He can tell you his story, be kind and let us hear from you." Jacob R. Gibbs was a free black living in Baltimore, Maryland, a slave state. The name John Henry Hill, penciled on the back of this letter, is that of a prominent free black abolitionist living in Petersburg, Virginia. Why it is there we could not determine.