Sydney Howard Gay’s "Record of Fugitives"

The Record of Fugitives > Book 2 (1856) > page [17]




June 4th. Peter Burr, alias George Johnson, slave of Benjamin Johnson Noll of U.S. Treas'y Office, was hired to Edward Plummer Hotel-keeper, Alexandria (King St.) Left  in Dec. last, guided by a free colored man, Jas. Baker. Peter told his master that he wished to go + see his mother in Culpepper Co. + asked for money, but got only an order on y store for $3, for which he took a shawl. This he gave to a man in Washington who found for him his brother. [drawing of hand pointing below]

Lewis Burr, slave of Edward Clark of Washington, brother-in-law of Noll, Peter's master, but was hired out to one Almon Green auctioneer of Washington. After meeting in Washington y two brothers made their way to Gettysburg where they passed y winter. Lewis has a wife + two children, belonging to Col. John Thomas of Berry Hill, Culpepper.  A sister of theirs, belonging to Peter's master was recently sold.

Albany.                                                                                  2.50


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