Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Slave’s Response to His Former Owner

Escaped Slaves

Dayton, Ohio,

August 7, 1865

To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee

Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Colonel Martin’s to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable. Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living. It would do me good to go back to the dear old home again, and see Miss Mary and Miss Martha and Allen, Esther, Green, and Lee. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this. I would have gone back to see you all when I was working in the Nashville Hospital, but one of the neighbors told me that Henry intended to shoot me if he ever got a chance.

I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here. I get twenty-five dollars a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy,—the folks call her Mrs. Anderson,—and the children—Milly, Jane, and Grundy—go to school and are learning well. The teacher says Grundy has a head for a preacher. They go to Sunday school, and Mandy and me attend church regularly. We are kindly treated. Sometimes we overhear others saying, “Them colored people were slaves” down in Tennessee. The children feel hurt when they hear such remarks; but I tell them it was no disgrace in Tennessee to belong to Colonel Anderson. Many darkeys would have been proud, as I used to be, to call you master. Now if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again.

As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be gained on that score, as I got my free papers in 1864 from the Provost-Marshal-General of the Department of Nashville. Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you were disposed to treat us justly and kindly; and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for thirty-two years, and Mandy twenty years. At twenty-five dollars a month for me, and two dollars a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars. Add to this the interest for the time our wages have been kept back, and deduct what you paid for our clothing, and three doctor’s visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to. Please send the money by Adams’s Express, in care of V. Winters, Esq., Dayton, Ohio. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past, we can have little faith in your promises in the future. We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense. Here I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.

In answering this letter, please state if there would be any safety for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up, and both good-looking girls. You know how it was with poor Matilda and Catherine. I would rather stay here and starve—and die, if it come to that—than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters. You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the colored children in your neighborhood. The great desire of my life now is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits.

Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.

From your old servant,

Jourdon Anderson.

Letter courtesy of Letters of Note
What say you of this letter?
BB-IDAHO did some added research on this letter and presented his findings in “Comments”. You might find his added input very interesting. I know I did.

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Canada’s Response to Sharia Law

An Afghan Muslim, his son and wife were convicted and given life sentences for the killing of his daughters and second wife in an “honor killing” up in Canada. There are many that declare that a religion should not be held responsible for terrorism and honor killings but I can only say this. Until there is a means to separate the innocent from the guilty I will suspect all Muslims until they are shown to be innocent.

I understand that this not a politically correct attitude but my life, the lives of my family and friends as well as the lives of many innocent women are dependent upon this attitude. The two acts have but one thing in common, the intent of imposing of Sharia law on a people. We, as a nation, were founded upon the Christian principles of justice and these principles are not consistent with Sharia law.

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Medical Alert, Medical Alert!!!! Science Declares “Aids” is on the Rise Once More


“>To all of you approaching 50 or have REACHED 50 and past, this post is especially for you……




Not forgetting HIV

(Hair is Vanishing)

I’m only posting this for my ‘old’ friends.

I love to see you smile.

a h/t to Dcat for this one

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Sexual orientation, more fuel added to the fire

Cynthia Nixon learned the hard way this week that when it comes to gay civil rights, the personal is always political. Very political.

The actress best known for portraying fiery lawyer Miranda Hobbes on “Sex and the City” is up to her perfectly arched eyebrows in controversy since The New York Times Magazine published a profile in which she was quoted as saying that for her, being gay was a conscious choice. Nixon is engaged to a woman with whom she has been in a relationship for eight years. Before that, she spent 15 years and had two children with a man.
More of her claims here

What say you on the issue?

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An Aussie’s answer to sharia law

Australian PM Gillard

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques.


Take It Or Leave It.

I agree. What say you?
More here at Crystal Mary’s place

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budget problems at home? an answer to it guaranteed by the government

Well, folks, if you got budget problems here is your socialistic solution courtesy of the U.S. government.

Categories: Economics, Humor and Sarcasm, Politics | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

obama can sing for his supper, a duet with ray stevens

Preparing for a second career, do you think?

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etta james; rest in peace, sweet queen of the musical world, your music will be missed

This woman could send shivers up and down my spine with a song. The world’s loss can only be Heaven’s gain

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health statistics: make of them as you will

A recent “Investor’s Business Daily” article provided very interesting statistics
from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization. Read them then ask yourself where you want to live under each of these conditions. For me the answer is obvious.

Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:
U.S. 65%
England 46%
Canada 42%

Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
U.S. 93%
England 15%
Canada 43%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
U.S. 90%
England 15%
Canada 43%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:
U.S. 77%
England 40%
Canada 43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:
U.S. 71
England 14
Canada 18

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in “excellent health”:
U.S. 12%
England 2%
Canada 6%

And now for the last statistic:
Has National Health Insurance?
England YES
Canada YES

If one understands the principles of business then it is from statistical evidence such as these that one can understand the reason for higher health care costs in the U.S.A as opposed to the Canadian or English System. I guess you could say that the principle “you get what you pay for” is an applicable principle even on the issue of health.

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is obama of the same mold as carter?

a h/t to AOW ty, me lady

Categories: Humor and Sarcasm, My Personal Philosophy of Life, Politics | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments

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