Sallie [surname unknown] to Callie Anthony, December , 1859, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: My friend Sallie lives in Norfolk. She's been really depressed lately, but it seems to me she doesn't have anything to be sad about. I wish she'd snap out of it. Maybe my letters and the one she mentioned from our friend Jennie will cheer her up.
It sounds like there has been quite a panic in Norfolk over John Brown and his raid on the United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry a couple of months ago. There has been lots of talk that he might be freed by Northern abolitionists before his scheduled hanging in Charles Town on December 2. It makes me glad I don't live in such a big city. I'm glad that Sallie doesn't believe there will be an uprising of the slaves. I'm sure she is right that they prefer slavery to freedom.