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A letter to... "My Old Master"

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by ethiostar, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    You really should read this......

    In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdan Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdan — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated).

  2. cowboyblue31

    cowboyblue31 Member

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    Wow. What a great read.
  3. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    Wow, good stuff indeed.
  4. Wimbo

    Wimbo Active Member

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    Jourdan, in a very Samuel L Clemens style, told Col. Anderson to "go <blank> yourself." I like it.
  5. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    That was awesome and so very funny!
  6. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Nicely done indeed! Thanks for the link.
  7. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Really great letter. Shows how horrible people can be, it's great he gave him the written version of the finger.
  8. AmarilloCowboyFan

    AmarilloCowboyFan Well-Known Member

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    Indeed. That is hilarious.

  9. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Only thing that would make this story better is if the guy actually send the money and they never returned.
  10. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I would love to read the letter Colonel P.H. Anderson sent to Jourdan.
  11. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    That was fantastic. I love stuff like this. As a history buff this really interests me. Especially since it is very close to where I am here in Nashville. I will look into this story a bit more.

    If you are into the Civil War check out the story of Silas Chandler. His story is remarkable.
  12. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    Well, he did say the back pay was for consideration to come back only.

    It would have been great though if he did get the cash, invest it, and then buy out the Colonel's estate later in life so that the Colonel could work for him.

    Poetic justice at its finest.

    The letter is great though.
  13. kimrose

    kimrose Well-Known Member

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    :clap2: Bravo! Kill 'em with kindness. I would have loved to see the look on ole Henry's red face when he read this fine letter.:D
  14. Joe Realist

    Joe Realist No Kool-Aid here!

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    I saw it this morning. If you think about it, it really was not that long ago.
  15. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Or at the least a reply.
  16. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    Good letter but you have to know whoever he dictated it to took generous liberties in responding given I highly doubt an ex slave just shortly after the war would have used such good english.
  17. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Especially since literacy for slaves was forbidden. I wonder what he did for a living in Ohio.

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