Letter, 1864, of Emily Howe Dupuy, "Linden" (Prince Edward County,Va.), concerning the theft of pork by African American slaves.
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& only torch light to go by they made rather slow progress but in the course of the day Tuesday 9 pieces of the meat were recovered weighing upwards of 120 lbs & two negroes caught. Three men one of the belonging to Mr. Rowlett & living 8 miles from here say they were assisted by one of mine (Allen) but there is no proof to convict him His clothes were not wet neither soiled with ashes, he was severely whipped by Mr. Ewing whose man accused him declaring his innocence to the last. I would give a great deal if he is innocent (which I have but little doubt now) to have it proved. If the situation of your family & other things favor I should be very glad to have you come up & act[illegible] with us. Your Aunt Jane & cousin Anna are at Mr. "[illegible]" have been gone more than two weeks. I got a letter from "[illegible]" [illegible] this week dated the 16th of April convey[ing?] the sad intelligence of the death of his wife, leaving two little [ones?], one 16 months old, the other an infant. We are in constant anxiety about our friends in the army, who are every hour exposed to death. On the 14th all of the Pr. Edward troop were safe but 3 slightly wounded, dont know how it is with them now. With much love to all our family I remain Yours affectionately E. H. Dupuy