Letters of Note: To My Old Master

Stumbled across this letter this afternoon and thought it was too interesting to keep to myself. It’s a letter from a former slave to his master, written in response to his master’s request that the slave leave his new life (and paid job) and return to the master’s farm in Tennessee. It’s a masterful achievement, a perfect blend of polite good humor and frank refusal. Do yourself a favor and read all the way to the end.

Letters of Note: To My Old Master.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to Letters of Note: To My Old Master

  1. Pingback: Summer reading: Old books and even older letters | BostonWriters

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