Letter to President Lincoln from Annie Davis, 1864


"Letter to President Lincoln from Annie Davis, 1864" is the second part of the second song of Jake Heggie's song cycle A Great Hope Fell: Songs From Civil War.

In 1864, slave Annie Davis wrote the following letter to President Abraham Lincoln:

Belair [Maryland] Aug 25th 1864

Mr president

It is my Desire to be free. to go to see my people on the eastern
shore. my mistress wont let me you will please let me know if we are
free. and what i can do. I write to you for advice. please send me
word this week. or as soon as possible and oblidge.

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