Maryland Fugitive Slave to His Wife

Upton Hill [Va.]  January the 12 1862

My Dear Wife   it is with grate joy I take this time to let you know Whare I am   i am now in Safety in the 14th Regiment of Brooklyn   this Day i can Adress you thank god as a free man   I had a little truble in giting away But as the lord led the Children of Isrel to the land of Canon So he led me to a land Whare fredom Will rain in spite Of earth and hell   Dear you must make your Self content i am free from al the Slavers Lash   and as you have chose the Wise plan Of Serving the lord i hope you Will pray Much and i Will try by the help of god To Serv him With all my hart   I am With a very nice man and have All that hart Can Wish But My Dear I Cant express my grate desire that i Have to See you   i trust the time Will Come When We Shal meet again   And if We dont met on earth We Will Meet in heven Whare Jesas ranes   Dear Elizabeth tell Mrs Own[ees] That i trust that She Will Continue Her kindness to you and that god Will Bless her on earth and Save her In grate eternity   My Acomplements To Mrs Owens and her Children    may They Prosper through life    I never Shall forgit her kindness to me   Dear Wife i must Close   rest yourself Contented i am free   i Want you to rite To me Soon as you Can Without Delay   Direct your letter to the 14th Reigment New york State malitia  Uptons Hill Virginea In Care of Mr Cranford Comary   Write my Dear Soon As you C   Your Affectionate Husban   Kiss Daniel For me

John Boston

Give my love to Father and Mother

John Boston to Mrs. Elizabeth Boston, 12 Jan. 1862, enclosed in Maj. Genl. Geo. B. McClellan to Hon. Edwin Stanton, 21 Jan. 1862, A-587 1862, Letters Received, series 12, Adjutant General's Office, Record Group 94, National Archives. The envelope is addressed, in a different handwriting, to “Mrs. Elizabeth Boston  Care Mrs. Prescia Owen  Owensville Post Office  Maryland.”

Published in The Destruction of Slavery, pp. 357–58, in Free at Last, pp. 29–30, and in Families and Freedom, pp. 22–23.