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Free Black Americans

Portraits and letters that illustrate the lives of free Black Americans in New York City.

Euphemia Toussaint

Anthony Meucci (artist), Euphemia Toussaint (1815-1829), ca. 1825. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Miss Georgina Schuyler.

Juliette Toussaint

Anthony Meucci (artist), Juliette Toussaint (ca. 1786-1851), ca. 1825. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Miss Georgina Schuyler.

Pierre Toussaint

Anthony Meucci (artist), Pierre Toussaint (ca. 1781-1853), ca. 1825. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Miss Georgina Schuyler.

“Euphemia Toussaint to Pierre Toussaint,” May 26, 18??

“Euphemia Toussaint to Pierre Toussaint,” May 26, 18??. Manuscripts and Archives Division, New York Public Library.

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New-York, May 26

Dear Uncle,

Here is the troublesome week for the letter. I am sorry to say that I have nothing to write you this week but I hope the next letter will be better.

Yours affectionately,

Euphemie Toussaint

“Euphemia Toussaint to Pierre Toussaint,” May 26, 18??. Manuscripts and Archives Division, New York Public Library.

“Euphemia Toussaint to Pierre Toussaint,” June 20, 1828. 

“Euphemia Toussaint to Pierre Toussaint,” June 20, 1828. Manuscripts and Archives Division, New York Public Library.

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New York June the 20, 1828

Dear Uncle,

Oh how pleased I am that I have the overture of Télémaque. I know the White Lady very well except two passages which are very difficult . As soon as I am perfect in them I will take the variation of its and then, Télémaque. I am very anxious to read the story and then I will play it with more pleasure. I am so happy to have a new piece of music to learn. I have a little more to learn in my current piece and then I can start the new one. I’m going to read the story of the piece so I enjoy it more.
Dear Uncle, I have a small favor to ask of you. That is if you will let me stay at home on Sunday. Mrs. Boyer has promised to send Eliza to spend the afternoon after church with me. Oh Mrs. Morange is quite vexed to think that Mrs. Moulton should write to all her friends and not to her which is her god mother. It is not treating a god mother well by any means.

Adieu Dear Uncle,

Euphemie Toussaint