On March 21 the Connecticut Historical Society, with the help of contributors, successfully bid on 94 historically-significant letters linked to the Amistad, the abolitionist movement and society in Farmington. The letters, auctioned by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City, were initially estimated to be worth $30,000 to $40,000, but went for $55,000. The letters were shown to members and supporters at the historical society Monday. The letters were written by Charlotte Cowles of Farmington to her brother Samuel between 1833 and 1846. The bulk of the content revolves around life in Farmington for the young Charlotte (age 13-25 during this time), including details pertaining to the story of the Amistad, and descriptions of interactions between the local people and the Amistad Africans, who lived in Farmington after their release by the United States Supreme Court in 1841. Other letters describe activities of anti-slavery and abolition groups in Farmington and the assistance the town provided to Thomas, an escaped slave.
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