His strongest wish was to purchase his children; but, though he several times offered his hard earnings for that purpose, he never succeeded.
In complexion my parents were a light shade of brownish yellow, and were termed mulattoes.
In 1842, she escaped to the North and lived as a fugitive while she worked to reunite herself with her two children.
In these excerpts from her memoir, she describes her childhood, her years in the crawl space, her escape to the North, and her experiences as a free woman. Jacobs (Harriet Ann), 1813-1897 and Lydia Maria Francis Child, 1802-1880, [editor].
In consequence of numerous requests of this kind, she asked permission of her mistress to bake crackers at night, after all the household work was done; and she obtained leave to do it, provided she would clothe herself and her children from the profits.
Upon these terms, after working hard all day for her mistress, she began her midnight bakings, assisted by her two oldest children.
I have often heard her tell how hard she fared during childhood.
But as she grew older she evinced so much intelligence, and was so faithful, that her master and mistress could not help seeing it was for their interest to take care of such a valuable piece of property.
This fact is sufficient, without further credentials of her character.
I believe those who know her will not be disposed to doubt her veracity, though some incidents in her story are more romantic than fiction.
With trifling exceptions, both the ideas and the language are her own.
I pruned excrescences a little, but otherwise I had no reason for changing her lively and dramatic way of telling her own story.
Secondly, the mistress, with whom she lived till she was twelve years old, was a kind, considerate friend, who taught her to read and spell.