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Letter to John C. Bullitt from Alexander Scott Bullitt discussing slave uprisings, December 18th, 1839.

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Title

Letter to John C. Bullitt from Alexander Scott Bullitt discussing slave uprisings, December 18th, 1839.

Description

A letter from Alexander Scott Bullitt (Oxmoor) to his brother, John C. Bullitt (Danville), dated December 18th, 1839. Scott discusses the suspected "negro insurrection" and how "a meeting was held at Gilman's Sunday and three companies organized, which commenced operations by riding till 12 o'clock that night and plundering 8 guns." Three enslaved people were carried to jail from Mr. George's neighborhood, according to Scott's testimony. He talks about cousin William Speed going up to the country to buy slaves.

Source

Manuscript Collection, Bullitt Family Papers, The Filson Historical Society

Publisher

The Filson Historical Society, Special Collections

Date

Contributor

Johansen, Emma

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Identifier

Mss_A_B937c-0056_002

Citation

Alexander Scott Bullitt, “Letter to John C. Bullitt from Alexander Scott Bullitt discussing slave uprisings, December 18th, 1839.,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed April 22, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/3245.