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Bruin's Slave Jail

Subject Source: Local sources

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Letter, Joseph McFarland to John Augustine Washington III, 1845 August 3

 Item — Box 66, Folder: 1845.08.03
Identifier: 2018-SC-058-003
Scope and Contents Autograph letter signed. John Augustine's overseer, Joseph McFarland, writes that he has had "a great deal of difficulty" with the enslaved worker Gabriel Johnson and has had to put Gabriel in Bruin's Slave Jail in Alexandria.McFarland describes a scene in which Gabriel was "cursing & fighting" against some horses, and then began cursing McFarland when McFarland took the horse whip away from Gabriel. McFarland writes, "I put him with Mr. Bruen at 25 cts a day. Mr. Bruen...
Dates: 1845 August 3