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.


About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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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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