What follows is a chronological list of letters written by slave women. The original documents are a part of the Campbell Family Papers, a manuscript collection held in the Special Collections Library. Each of these items has been transcribed and scanned. By clicking on any of the items listed, you will have access to both a scanned image of the original document as well as a transcription of each item.
November 1, 1837. Abingdon, VA. A letter from Hannah Valentine to Eliza. Personal correspondence to Hannah's daughter relating daily events since their separation.
January 30, 1838. Abingdon, VA. A letter from Hannah Valentine to Michael Valentine. Letter relating news and general information to her husband. Also inquiries about her daughter and master and mistress as well as questions regarding the possibility of their return.
April 18, 1838. Montcalm, VA. A letter from Lethe Jackson to Miss Virginia Campbell. Letter to her mistress describing her feelings about their relationship and reflections about religion and aging.
May 2, 1838. Abingdon, VA. A letter from Hannah Valentine to Mary Campbell. Letter relating concern about her mistress's health as well as describing the state of affairs at the house and general news about friends and other slaves.