201 in Eufaula Request Transport to Liberia

Below is a transcription of a letter found in The African Repository, the journal of the American Colonization Society. This was one of many sample letters to the ACS requesting transportation to Liberia. 

Eufaula, Ala., December 25, 1867.

We, the undersigned, colored people, take this method to inform you that we would like to embark in may, 1868, for Liberia, if we can be accommodated.  We request that you furnish us with free transportation from this place to Liberia.  We are all poor, and have not any money.

A E. Williams

and two hundred others, with their families.


I ordered a copy of the letter from the microfilm owned by the  Manuscript division of the Library of Congress.  The letter has additional information not contained in The African Repository.  This transcription will be the subject of another blog.


Source: American Colonization Society, The African Repository, {Washington: Colonization Society Building, 1868).  Volume XLIV-1868:121: digital image, Google Book Search, (http://books.google.com/books?as_brr=1&id=ZDUfaNo7HOgC&vid=LCCN05039691&dq=eufaula+alabama&jtp=178 :accessed 19 July 2006)


  1. jarsea burphy said

    WoW! I would love to find out the names of everyone who signed that letter. My grandparents were on the Golconda that sailed from Savannah in 1868 to Liberia. Did you get a copy?

  2. Marylee Daniel Mitcham said

    How can I get a list of those people?

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  5. Your Eufuala story the list of people on the Galconda to sail to Liberia in 1868 was very interesting, and I checked the list to see if there were any names like my family name and I only found one name that I can relate to and that is General Smith. This list of names form The African Repository, the journal of the American Colonization Society, with letters to the ACS requesting transportation to Liberia, should be investeded more and a move made out of it. I wonder how many other Africans made it back to their county from the other 49 states safely? I wish I could get a copy of this journal to ready and stuy. Good job who ever found it.

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