For The Benefit Of Freedman
September 24, 1869
A gentleman residing in Poughkeepsie proposes that an association be formed in the North for the purpose of furnishing land to freedmen.
A gentleman residing in Poughkeepsie proposes that an association be formed in the North for the purpose of furnishing land to freedmen. The members of the association are to contribute by loans to the funds of the association, and these funds are to be invested in lands in the South, which shall in turn be sold to worthy, industrious poor persons at cost, exclusive of interest. He also proposes that the plots shall contain twenty acres each, and shall be sold subject to the coudition that no distillery, brewery, or other manufactory of spirituous, distilled, or fermented liquors, shall be erected or permitted on any portion of the lands ; nor shall any of the above-mentioned liquors be stored or kept for sale on any of them. The need of some association like this is obvious, says the New York Tribune, as nearly all the lands now in the southern markets are offered in large tracts.
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“For The Benefit Of Freedman,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed January 17, 2018, http://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1487.