George Duncan’s Letter
The outdoor drama presented at Spring Hill’s annual Juneteenth celebration was developed using source material such as the letter below from former slave George Duncan to Thomas Rotch at Spring Hill.
Bainbridge August 14th 1820
Mr Thomas Rotch
Sir I arrived safe in Bainbridge Geauga County where I put up at a Mr Kents where I reside now and I am treated extremly well by the people and I have just met with Thornton Taylor and we shall starte for Canada in about two weeks. I want if you would be so kind to assist Edy in geting her as soon as she can and not let S. Spriggs know the roade she takes. I wish you to direct her to Mr Martin Kent in Suffield Portage Co and for him to direct her to Eliha L Kents in Bainsbridge Geauga County. I wish to have Edy get some of Mr Kents people at Suffield to bring her on to Elihsa L Kents in Bainbridge and he will go with her and get her on board a vessel for Canada. She will stay with E.L.Kents until I write from Canada to her. I think if Sprigg was here he could not get me for I am with the yankey people and they are avowed enimies to Slavery but it is best to use evry proper caution to prevent any kind of a bustle. You sir will know how to conduct matters perhaps better than I can tell you and I may see the time perhaps that i can satisfy you for your trouble I am sir with the greatest respect.
I called myself Jake at your house but none call myself Jack but my true name is George Duncan, I wish you not to let no one know that Thornton any myself are together (or John Taylor)
Well Edy I must write a few lines particularly to you. You commended me to God who has hitherto protected me and I hope will conduct you safe to my residence. My greatest care is for you. I wish you to not mention anything to Thorntons wife respecting him subscribe myself.
yours with affection.
I wish you to set out with Thomas Roach and proceed to Bainbridge as soon as possible.
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