Letter to Thomas Walker Bullitt from Mildred Ann Bullitt discussing Daniel and Simon, two enslaved men planning to escape Cottonwood plantation, June 18th, 1859.

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Letter to Thomas Walker Bullitt from Mildred Ann Bullitt discussing Daniel and Simon, two enslaved men planning to escape Cottonwood plantation, June 18th, 1859.

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A letter from Mildred Ann Bullitt (Oxmoor) to her son, Thomas Walker Bullitt (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), dated June 18th, 1859. Mildred writes that Daniel and Simon, two men enslaved by the Bullitt family at their Cottonwood plantation, "headed a conspiracy to kill" William Christian Bullitt's mule "with the hope they'd get back to Oxmoor." She also notes that William fired the overseer for refusing to whip Daniel and Simon, citing his reluctance to whip the slaves by relating a story that an enslaved person killed a man trying to whip him. She writes that she hopes her children never have "the care and responsibility" of slaves, but instead farm in a free state where you pay your hands. She hopes that her husband would divide up the people enslaved by the Bullitt family among their children and retire from farming.

Publisher

The Filson Historical Society, Special Collections

Date

1859-06-18

Contributor

Johansen, Emma

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Mss_A_B937c-0296_007

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Mildred Ann Bullitt, “Letter to Thomas Walker Bullitt from Mildred Ann Bullitt discussing Daniel and Simon, two enslaved men planning to escape Cottonwood plantation, June 18th, 1859.,” The Filson Historical Society , accessed March 26, 2023, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/3306.