Two (2) Pre-Civil War slave related letters, including one (1) written by Mariah, a female domestic slave of James Vincent Musgrove (1814-1890), Prince Edward County, Virginia, to her daughter. 1st item: ALS. One page handwritten letter from Mariah to Winney, her daughter, dated March 30, 1859. The letter, written shortly after Mariah was sold to Musgrove, reads "My dear little daughter I will take the opportunity to write you a few lines this leav[e] me well and I hope it will find you the same I am verry[sic] well [satisfied] with my home, but want to see you so bad, I am sold, I wo[u]ld bin[sic] so glad to of seen you before I left but co[u]ld not…wo[u]ld not let me go, but I am happ[y] to tell you I have a good master and a good home, I am sorry to be parted from you, but glad to tell you I have a good home, tell Mrs Sarrah I wo[u]ld like to gone to staid[sic] with her but they wo[u]ld not let me go, said they had [enough] negroes to wait on them without me…tell her she must take good care of you, I believe she will, and you must be a good girl, and if we are parted her[e] I hope we will not be when we leav[e] this world I hope we will meet in a better one than this, they can part us her[e] but…they can't part us in the other world, give my love to my white ones and all of my friends and accept a large portion for yourself, from your devoted mother Mariah". An additional note at the bottom reads "direct our letter to Princes depot Prince Edward cty Va and to Mr James V Musgrov[e]." Writing en verso reads "From Mariah a slave to her daughter." 11 5/8" H x 7 3/8" W. Biography: James Vincent Musgrove (son of Alexander Musgrove and Mary Lucy (Polly) Morris) was born June 18, 1814 in Culpepper, Orange County, Virginia, and died August 01, 1890 in Prince Edward County, Virginia. He married Caroline Jeannette Craddock on August 23, 1842 in Amelia County, Virginia, daughter of James Craddock, and had four children. He was listed as a merchant in the 1860 U.S. Census and was recorded as having a female domestic by the name of Mary [presumably Mariah] in his household. He enlisted March 16, 1863, Lynchburg, VA and served in the Confederate Army as a Private, Captain Schumaker's Group, Stuart's Light Horse Artillery. His second marriage was to Virginia Schumaker, date unknown. He was buried in the Old Methodist Churchyard, in Prince Edward County, Virginia. (source: https://www.genealogy.com/ftm/m/u/s/Jennevieve-Hancock-Musgrove/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0007.html). 2nd item: ALS. One page double-sided handwritten letter from Susan Craig, Yancey Mills, Crozet, Virginia to her sister Sarah Ann Craig Feamster (1823-1891), Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, dated May 19, 1859. Susan mostly discusses family matters, however she does reference Mariah's recent sale and discusses her daughter Winney writing "…I heard Sam Steele had soald[sic] Mariah and they wanted mother to send them Winney she beged[sic] Mother to sell her rather than send her there so she did not make her go…" Address panel and traces of red wax seal en verso. 12 1/8" H x 8" W. Provenance: Estate of Anne Harrison Taylor & Joseph F. Taylor, Morristown, TN. CONDITION: Both items in overall good, legible condition. 1st item: Minor staining, largest 1/8", left center of sheet. Tears to fold lines, largest 1/4". 2nd item: Minor staining, largest 1", center of sheet. 1/2" resulting from wax seal, lower center of sheet.
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