Quotation by Fanny Kemble

I ... really think I should consider my own throat and those of my children well cut if some night the people were to take it into their head to clear off scores in that fashion.
Fanny Kemble (1809–1893), British actor and abolitionist. Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839, ch. 19 (1863).

From a letter written from St. Simons Island, Georgia, on February 28, 1839, to her friend Elizabeth Dwight Sedgwick. A few years earlier, Kemble had unwittingly married into a slave-owning family; the marriage failed, and she and Pierce Butler were divorced in 1849. At this time, however, they were staying together on the Butler family plantation. She wrote this after hearing a young slave woman tell of savage ill treatment.
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