Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge

Price: 500.00 USD

Providence: B. T. Albro, 1840. Frontispiece portrait of Elleanor Eldridge. 128pp. 24mo, original 1/2 green cloth with marbled boards and original paper spine label, spine ends and edges of boards worn, corners of boards bumped, cloth lightly soiled, light foxing throughout, including margin of Frontis., scattered dampstaining to margins. Providence: B. T. Albro, 1840. Biography of a free African-American woman from Warwick, Rhode Island. Her father was a slave, who earned his freedom after serving in the American Revolution. Elleanor Eldridge was a paid domestic servant and a businesswoman. She purchased real estate and rented it out in Rhode Island. Although her real estate was worth several thousand dollars, a creditor for a $240.00 loan illegally seized all her real estate. Her real estate was auctioned off while Eldridge was ill. She represented herself in court and came to a legal settlement in which she received title to her assets, but had to pay $2700.00 to the creditor. The purpose of this publication was to raised funds for Elleanor Eldridge's legal expenses. Sabin 22102. Field 489. good.


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