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Text for Page 029 [07-17-1856]

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I can scarcely fancy, from her daughters complexion,
a perfect negress, yet I inferred so from the story.
The mother�s owner was father to this girl, and
a brother of hers, now at sea.      She has been a
protegee of the Willis family.           The girl is
handsome possessing rather a Jewish face,
delicately shaped acquiline nose, and hair of such a
deep, lustrous, silky black that I have never seen its
equal.       To see the sunlight rest upon it was to marvel
that hair could be so lovely. No painting or words could
do justice to it.         Her complexion is of a warm,
sunny tint, such as you might fancy proper to an
Italian girl, her eyes full and modest, her face clear
and perfectly proportioned, her manner reserved.    One
would never suspect the existence of negro blood in her.
I was told that she had been highly educated; but
was conscious of the prejudice against her birth here �
as how should she escape knowing it?                  We
all went to the Fort Green heights after sunset, and
stayed about two hours, Oliver Dyer accompanying.
  18.  Friday.  A letter from Cornelius Bagster,
requesting me to meet three ladies, on the arrival
of the Fulton, (which came yesterday.)      So, in the
afternoon to Edwards, to inquire of one of the Mrs Ed-
wardses (who had come back to N. Y. in the same
vessel), about these ladies.       Then to the ship.  Learnt
that a brother had met �em, therefore there was no
need of me.       Drawing.               
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