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Lloyd, Charles H.
Autograph Letter Signed, Harrisonburg, Virginia, August 15, 1851 to his uncle, Samuel Breese, Oneida, New York

folio, 2 pages, on four page bi-folium, old colds and creases, remains of wafer, postal markings, and some soiling on integral address leaf, else in very good, clean legible condition.

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Lloyd in this letter writes his uncle asking for funds and is unable to find other employment. Lloyd had apparently been working for Rufus W. Bailey, the American Colonization Society Agent in Virginia*. Lloyd writes:

"I hardly know how to begin writing but I am situated so that I cannot move at all. I have tried to get a situation here in place of the place but unsuccessfully and all because I am not a good writer & Bookkeeper... I feel very anxious indeed to get back to New York but Mr. Baily has no money to pay my expenses back and can not let me have it for 6 or 8 weeks. He is about sending a Ship of Emigrants to Liberia and is getting them down the Vally [sic] as fast as possible, but they will not be ready to sail before October 1st. He then expects to have $ 1000 at last and more if he sends over 100 emigrants. He is obliged to pay all their expenses until they go and told me yesterday he could not possibly let me have a dollar until his ship has sailed..."

* During the Liberian emigrant voyage discussed in this letter, which sailed November 1, 1851, on the Morgan Dix, approximately 37 of the 149 passengers died on board ship or during the acclimation period in Africa.