A Letter Worth Reading

In 1834, 21-year-old Jarm Logue managed to steal his master’s horse and escape the life of slavery into which he had been born. Sadly, his mother, brother and sister remained. 26 years later, by which time he had settled down in New York, opened numerous schools for black children, started his own family, become a reverend and noted abolitionist, and authored an autobiography, he received a letter from the wife of his old owner in which she demanded $1000. Here’s that shockingly ignorant letter and Jarmain Loguen’s brilliant response to that Wretched Woman.

Note: After escaping slavery, Logue changed his name to Jermain Wesley Loguen.

After escaping slavery, Logue changed his name to Jermain Wesley Loguen.

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2 responses to “A Letter Worth Reading

  1. His response is wonderfully written, sadly the ignorance of the recipient would have missed the full power and intent of such words. As your title suggests, this is most definitely a letter worth reading, thank you for sharing.

    • Nathan

      Isn’t it just? I agree, it’s true that a letter such as that could only ever be intended for someone who is too ignorant to fully understand it. Thanks for your comment.

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