Inquiry Letter from Formerly Enslaved Person Mother’s Weaving

This passage contains the heart of the doctor’s request. After asking for pictures of his former mistress and master, he reveals the true motivation of his request: his desire to see the clothes they wore in those pictures—to see “all my mother use to weave.” [ Acree Family papers, Accession #2986, Box 8, Folder 12, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.]