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    Harriet Beecher Stowe sends reassurances to the founder of the Normal School for Colored Girls: "Do not be discouraged about our building -- We will have it"

    Harriet Beecher Stowe Autograph Letter Signed to Myrtilla Miner, Founder of the Normal School for Colored Girls. Three pages of a bifolium, 4.2" x 6.75", Andover, [Massachusetts], December 6, n.y.

    "Dear Miss Miner
    We forwarded to you Miss Mann care of Dr Bailey $20 about a month since & here with enclose 110 more for her.
    None of your letters have ever contained any definite direction as to where you are to be addressed, - allow me to beg that you will always inform me on this kind particularly when money is to be sent. It seems to me quite singular that so many people who address me on business with his necessary precaution - in some cases I am prevented from answering by this cause.
    Do not be discouraged about our building. - We will have it - of this more anon. Write me from Washington. I wish you would prepare for my use a full history of the school from the very first as you have given it to me orally - all its labors, cares, discouragements & what success you have attained now with this in hand I could do something for you I think in several quarters - Love to the Edmonsons and all friends.
    Affectionately yours
    HB Stowe.

    The Normal School for Colored Girls was established in Washington D.C. in 1851 by Myrtilla Miner. Stowe donated money from the royalties she received for Uncle Tom's Cabin, but also worked tirelessly as a fundraiser. The demand for schooling for young black women was tremendous; the school's enrollment grew from six to forty within two months of opening its doors.

    The Edmonsons are Emily Edmonson and her family who lived on school grounds. Emily was the daughter of a freed black man and slave black woman. Stowe had helped to raise funds so that that Emily and her sister Mary could be bought out of slavery. The sisters became celebrities in the abolitionist movement, and campaigned tirelessly for the cause.

    The letter is in pristine condition, and cream colored stationery with embossed borders trimmed in red and blue. From the Judith Kaplan Women's History Collection.

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