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Emily's message says that she had not contacted Linda prior because she was under the control of her father; she tells her that she would never had consented to Linda being sold and that she would like her to come under her protection (she was now married).
"I should have answered the letter you wrote to me long since, but as I could not then act independently of my father, I knew there could be nothing done satisfactory to you. There were persons here who were willing to buy you and run the risk of getting you. To this I would not consent."
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl