In the advertisement Phillips describes each slave's physical appearance and disposition. He offers $50 for their return and discusses their motives for leaving: "The subscriber thinks it probable that some white person has been instrumental in...
In the first letter, written January 25, 1916, the men urge Bankhead to work to keep the United States out of the war, though they support the fortification of coastal cities: "Vote for the bills to stop Americans from traveling on beligrent vesels...
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