I saw a posting to a Littlejohn "myfamily.com" site today from Lamona Phillips (you may have seen her name on some of the other Littlejohn boards) - and I thought of you and thought you might find this interetsing if you haven't seen it:
LETTER FROM AN EX-SLAVE
[The following appeared in the Stilwell Standard, 29 Mar 1906.] DeKalb [Bowie] Texas, Mar. 22,1906
Mr. Polly Littlejohn
My Dear Master
I am well, hope you are same. I would like to hear from you so well. I have
of times thought of you, and shall never forget the kindness your old father used to give me when I blonged to him, he was a good master to me. I think of you all so much, all my masters, Richard, Thomas, Mrs. Pink, Miss Susan and Mrs. Sarah.
I am living now at DeKalb. I was at Checotah [McIntosh Co., OK] and met Mr. Dickie Littlejohn and asked him about you and he told me your address. I told him I wollld write to you, so please answer at once and let me hear.
All the colored Littlejohns are very nearly all dead, only a few are living. Bill, Walton, Strap, Ellison and Jack and Jane, Bettie, Delpha, Marian, are all dead. Hulda 'is dead also. OIly, Aunt Gracia and Malissa are living. That place looks very dull now. Say, you must send me something to remember you. I am doing well at this place, 57 miles east of Paris [Lamar Co, TX]. Got good home all paid for; the white people are so kind to me. I have been here 14 years. Give my best regards to your kind family. I remember so well how you all did treat me so well. I tells anybody that my white people was good to me. Send me my age as near as you can. You must remember that I used to go hunting with you in the old state, South Carolina, before we left in 1859. I guessed my age at 52 years old. So no more
(This was written to Napoleon Littlejohn that they called Polly)
From the files of Clella Stiles 6/27/2006
I will email her and ask if she has a copy/scan of the original or only this transcript...