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Life, Including His Escape and Struggle for Liberty, of Charles A. Garlick, Born a Slave in Old Virginia, Who Secured his Freedom by Running Away from his Master's Farm in 1843
			

          LIFE OF CHARLDS A. GARLICK.            23

        HARBOR SPRINGS, MICH., FEB. 18, 1902.
MR. CHAS. A. GARLICK,
              Jefferson, Ohio.
     My dear friend: Your letter of recent date
came to hand this morning and I see by the postmark
at Jefferson, and the one here, it was twenty-five
hours on the road. It was a great surprise to me to
be thus remembered. It takes me back fifty years
and brings to my mind's eye many things of the long
ago. Of the building of that new house. I well re-
member how you carried the bricks to the top of the
porch and how Joe and I carried them up that steep
roof to where Theodore Mills made them into a chim-
ney, and O! how hot it was on that side of the house.
   It seems now as though it was only yesterday, but
it is almost fifty years. How quickly the time flies,
as one looks back to youth from the standpoint of
age. Things have changed since then. You don't
have to let down the trap door to shut out slaveholders
now as you did then in the old cheese house on the
farm. You can go to sleep now with no fear of man-
hunters in your mind. Blessed changes. Yes, we
were younger then, and we are getting old now. I
will be fifty-nine, Oct. next and feel myself to be one
hundred. I have many aches and pains now that
were unknown to me in the long ago, and I presume
you have.
  We have lots of sun here.  Have had sleighing
since early in December, and expect it to last until
              




			
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