THE DIARIES OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS: DIARY 37, 11 NOVEMBER 1825 – 24 JUNE 1828, PAGE
Although Abdul Rahman is a Moor, otherwise called Prince of Ibrahim, who has been forty years a slave in this country. He wrote two or three years since to the Emperor of Morocco, in Arabic, in consequence of which the Emperor expressed a wish to our Consul that he might be emancipated and sent home.
His owner, residing at Natchez, Miss., offered to emancipate him on condition that he should be sent home by the United States, which we accordingly determined to do. He has now come on from Natchez with his wife and met Mr. Clay at Baltimore.’’ (Mr. Adams was President, at that time and Mr. Clay Secretary of State.) “
He came in while Mr. Southard (Secretary of the Navy) was with me, and we had some consultation how and when he should be dispatched to his home, which he, says is Timbuctoo.
He says he has left at Natchez five sons and eight grandchildren, one of them only four days old when he came away, all in slavery and wishes they might all be emancipated and be sent with him or to him. He says he is 60 years old and assumes to have been the lawful Prince of his country.”