RCC Honors History Project

“Anonymus” to Governor John Floyd, 28 August 1831.

Posted by laurabrady91 on November 17, 2009

To the Governor of Virginia


It has been humbly & respectfully suggested that as Nat. Turner the leader  & mover of the insurrection in Southampton has not been caught or killed that it would be adviseable to offer a large reward for him if caught by a white or free man, or manumission to any slave who will bring him dead or alive so that he may be punished.  It is perhaps idle to think that this insurrection is ended until the Leader is killed

Aug 28th


[addressed to John Floyd Governor of Virginia, Richmond, postmarked Petersburg]

Governor’s Office, Letters Received, John Floyd, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.

Source: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/exhibits/DeathLiberty/natturner/anon24.htm


2 Responses to ““Anonymus” to Governor John Floyd, 28 August 1831.”

  1. sethrd23 said

    I wonder if this letter reflects a higher interest in the reward than in squashing the rebellion. It seems weird that he would bring up a reward in the first place when one might assume that the moral objection to the rebellion would be enough to get people wanting to catch Nat Turner.

  2. elsiegonzalez said

    What interests me about this letter is how quickly an American is to act when there is any kind of slave uprising. And coming back to Seth’s point on the seemingly more important reward, it seems to me that what they want is Turner punished as soon as possible; they bring him dead, the problem is taken care of. They bring him alive, and they’ll take care of the problem either way. They’re objective seems to be to ‘squash’ any threats harming they’re tranquil and controlled environment by any means necessary.

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