Thursday 2nd February 1896
From:Harriet Brent Jacobs
This is to state that I have been hiding in my grandmother’s attic since two years.After my grandmother died,I was given to Dr.Flint.He freed my children but treated me cruelly so I ran away…that is how i ended up in my grandmother’s attic.I watched my children play from a hole in the roof and I was waiting for an opportunity to escape to the northern states of America,where slavery had been abolished.
The attic was nine feet long and seven wide.It slopped down to the loose board floor.It was very hard to breath because there was no light or air.There was also a trapdoor which was concealed and was made by my uncle Phillip,who was a carpenter.There was also a bed on the floor which was quite comfortable to sleep on.
I would also like to tell you about my days and nights.I had to sit or lie in the same position day after day.Without light.I would have chosen this rather than treated as a slave all the time.My food used to be passed through the trap door.My grandmother,uncle Phillip and my aunt Nancy would find opportunities to come up there and chat with me,and I used to exercise by crawling.
One day my aunt Nancy informed me that Dr.Flint bribed a colored women.So she told him i was in New York.So he went after me saying he is going on a business meeting to his family.But he came back with a disappointing face.He still did not give up after that he bribed my children and they said that they do not know,after that I could feel a relief travelling in my body.
I would like to give a suggestion to the girls out there like ‘me’,”not to loose hope no matter what happens”.It was very hard for me to survive in an attic for such a long time period without enough light and air but in my opinion life like this is better than slavery.