Letter from a former slave

Okay. I'm not sure of the provenance of this particular story, but if it isn't true, it ought to be.

This was posted on MeFi a year or so back, and to my memory, quick checks seem to validate that this fellow existed when claimed. However, he may have had help composing the letter, because it's not certain that he could read and write.

I absolutely love his delicate sarcasm, and like to think that in better times, he could have been a novelist or a journalist. Mark Twain would have been hard-pressed to do better.

Oh, and someone dug up the fact that at least one of his kids seems to have become a doctor, passing his exams in 1905.

"Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me."

God damn.

Epic? Epic.

HaciendaSquish wrote:

"Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me."

God damn.

That is such a spectacular line. Also, the "if you want us back, pay us for the services we've already provided". Rock on dude.

I'd watch the movie based on that letter!

The guy only went to the doctor 3 times in 32 years?

chaosmos wrote:

I'd watch the movie based on that letter!

The guy only went to the doctor 3 times in 32 years?

I wouldn't be surprised that a slave seeing a doctor 3 times in 32 years was a privilege.

I would love to see the original letter from his former master, as well as any other correspondance between the two after this letter.

Y'all don't respect the HERITAGE!!