In the advertisement Erskine discusses the slave's physical appearance, disposition, and possible motive: "It is probable that he has obtained free papers and may attempt to pass himself as a free man. There is reason to believe he will try to find...
During the Civil War, Henry Semple served as a captain of an artillery battery organized in Montgomery (known as Semple's Battery). He was later appointed a major and transferred to Mobile. In the letter Erskine discusses money Semple has lent him;...
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