Introduction by Phil Norfleet
The original of the following letter is in my possession and was obtained from among the papers of my great-grandfather, John W. Norfleet (1833-1922) of Cole and Moniteau Counties, Missouri. The letter was written by Emily Norfleet, a former slave of Reverend Abraham Norfleet (1802-1870) and his wife, Margaret (nee Campbell) Norfleet. Emily wrote the letter to John W. Norfleet (1833-1922), the eldest son of Abraham. Apparently, Emily had borrowed money from John and is repaying a portion ($10) of it. Emily is the subject of a short biographical sketch which is also appended to this web site.
Transcript of Letter
Jefferson City, Mo.
Nov. 14th 1879
To: Mr. John W. Norfleet, High Point, Mo.
Enclosed, I send you the sum of Ten Dollars. It is the best that I can do for you at this time. My Pension has been allowed and I take this opportunity to thank you for your kindness in affording me all necessary evidence in your power.