The Children’s Petition


We are two little brothers, four and three years old, orphaned by slavery; no father’s care for us; our poor mother can make no safe home for herself and five little ones; we have no earthly protection, except which pity has drawn around us; and we beg for shelter and parental care and affection in some of the happy homes of New England, where we will be good and affectionate.         Johnnie and Jamie.

Apply at Theodore Parker’s, 1 Exeter Pl, Boston

                                        (Liberator, Oct 26,1855, pg3)