Author: Hannah Valentine

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Letter to Eliza from Hannah Valentine (November 1, 1837)

Hannah Valentine was an enslaved woman owned by Virginia governor David Campbell. She cared for the Campbell family homestead, Montcalm, in Abingdon, while Campbell and his family lived at the governor’s mansion in Richmond. This letter to her daughter Eliza illustrates the difficulties Hannah Valentine faced in communicating with loved ones because of her inability to write. Several years later, a Campbell niece named Virginia and a literate enslaved woman purchased by David Campbell named Mary Burwell would teach Hannah and other enslaved people at Montcalm to read and write.

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Letter to Michael Valentine from Hannah Valentine (January 30, 1838)

Hannah Valentine was an enslaved woman owned by Virginia governor David Campbell. She cared for the Campbell family homestead, Montcalm, in Abingdon, while Campbell and his family lived at the governor’s mansion in Richmond. In this letter she writes of a measles outbreak in the area that affected the family.

 

 

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