In 1858, having recently been sold down the river and parted from his family, Abream Scriven wrote the following heartbreaking letter to his wife.
Her subsequent attempts to have her husband bought back by another slave owner failed; they never saw each other again.
Sept the 19. 1858
Dinah Jones, my Dear Wife, I take the pleasure of writing you these few lines with much regret to inform you that I am Sold to a man by the name of Peterson a trader and Stays in new orleans. I am here yet But I expect to go before long but when I get there I will write and let you know where I am. My Dear I want to Send you Some things but I do not know who to Send them By but I will try to get them to you and my children. Give my love to my father & mother and tell them good Bye for me. and if we Shall not meet in this world I hope to meet in heaven. My Dear wife for you and my Children my pen cannot Express the grief I feel to be parted from you all. I remain yours truly
husband until death