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W. H. Mackey to George

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Mch. 26, 1902
Dear George. – Junction City Kansas
I read your note this P.M. In reply would say that Mr Fox Booth did own a negro woman. She has rowed me over the raging Kaw many a time.
But Booth tired of her & brought her down to McDowells Creek to Tom Reynolds place and I chanced to be there at the time old Fox wanted to trade the woman for something. Reynolds looked her over & came to the

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conclusion that she would make a good herder. But he had nothing to trade for her but cattle & horses. Old Fox wanted a few cows for her but Reynolds would not part with the cows & finally offered Fox an old white stallion for her & the deal went.
I witnessed the trade. This was in the fall of 55. I went down this evening to see old Aunt Celys granddaughter

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to learn the name of old Aunt Cely & Patsy. You remember them no doubt. She gave me the name of the old ordinance Sargent that departed this life very misteriously, and Aunt Cely & her daughter, who were owned by Agness were accused of giving poison to the old man. They were both taken down to the saw mill that stood where the road bridge now stand – The two were

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set astride the log and the saw started –
When the saw got uncomfortably close Aunt Cely declared “To God I is innocent” –
The saw was stopped & they were released. Aunt Cely died of old age & neglect –
Her daughter died Feb. 13, 1901 –
Capt. McClure says that Dr. Hammond – Post Surgeon at Riley in 55 had one or two slaves

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and the chaplain at the Post at that time owned one or two.
In 1856 Mr John Gallagher of Louisville Ky, brought some slaves with him to Easton Kas. If I have failed to make this clear tell me so & I will try again – The family send regards
Yours truly,
W H Mackey Per Ella
The Chaplain slave woman had a baby born while I boarded at [Pawnee?]. They lived in one of the stone houses there I went in to see the infant, don’t know what became of them
Mrs. Mackey

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