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John Hatly Fountain Story The Middlesex Standard - Lowell, Massachusetts John Greenleaf Whittier, editor September 29, 1844 Mr. J.G. Whittier: Sir, Permit me through your paper to return my grateful acknowledgements to yourself and the citizens of Lowell, for their sympathies and most liberal contributions; and to those churches that so generously aided me in the redemption of my wife; and also to the members of the Baptist Association for sum which they contributed during their sitting in your cit; and also Mr. Levy and his wife (note: John Levy and Sophia Lewis Levy were free African Americans working and living in Lowell, MA) kind attention and hospitality. From the measure of success that I have met with I am encouraged to hope that ere long I will be able to enjoy the blessings of conjugal life with my wife, and be able to call her my own. I hope that the friends of humanity may have the blessed consolation of knowing that they have been instrumental in uniting those together that the hard-hearted slaveholder had separated. Yours, for bleeding humanity, John N.H. Fountain *************** The Middlesex Standard - Lowell, Massachusetts John Greenleaf Whittier, editor October 10, 1844 The following correspondence was undertaken by us to ascertain the correctness of Hatly Fountain's story; and the result satisfies us entirely of his good faith and character, and meritorious cause. Winchester, VA September 30, 1844 Dear Sir, Your favor is just received, and in reply must state to you that my personal knowledge of H. Fountain is very limited. I have consequently consulted my friends on the subject, and among others Doct. Robert Baldwin, an eminent man among us, and on his authority I state to you that Hatly is no impostor; that he bore a good character here, and that in the affair of Torrey he was unjustly dealt with; was acquitted at the trial, after having lain in jail some months previous thereto; that the letter containing the offer to take $400 for Hatly's wife, is genuine. The Doct. also stated that Hatly's wife was a valuable servant; that that his children loved her almost as well as they did their mother, and that no sum of money for anyone except Fountain, would purchase her; and I know personally, seeing her frequently, that no home Hatly could furnish would place her in a position as comfortable as that she now occupies in the Doctor's family. Yours Truly, your ob't serv't Billings Hobart, Jr. *************** The Middlesex Standard - Lowell, Massachusetts John Greenleaf Whittier, editor January 2, 1845 From the Liberator A WIFE REDEEMED. The following letter, we presume, will be read with gratification by those who generously contributed toward the purchase of Mr. Fountain's wife, from a worse than Algerine story: Philadelphia December 13, 1844 Respected Friend Garrison, Permit me, through your paper, to inform the many friends of humanity, particularly those who kindly contributed to aid me in the redemption of my wife from slavery in Virginia, that I have succeeded in my object. She arrived in Philadelphia on the 10th of December; and not withstanding she is much broken by labor and distress the last year, since she began to breathe the air of the free States, she has sensibly revived, and in a short time will, it is thought be perfectly restored. Dear Sir, words are inadequate to express the gratitude that we feel to the people of Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, for their assistance in raising the one of God's children from the condition of Chattel to that of a human being. We think that, with the aid of Providence, we can take care of ourselves. Yours, in behalf of bleeding humanity, John N.H. Fountain


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Martha Mayo, Massachusetts,
martha_mayo@uml.edu