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1846 Slave Bill of Sale, Memphis, Tennessee

For the sale of a 41 year old negro woman for $130

7 3/4 x 4 1/4, manuscript in ink.

Memphis, Jany. 24, 1846

Recd. of W.C. Beck, One Hundred and Thirty Dollars in full consideration for Negro Woman Oma which I warrant sound and also warrant and defend the title to Beck, his heirs forever, her age about forty one years. Witness my hand and Seal, W. Goodrich. Testi[fied], Jas. J. Brown. Light age toning and wear. Very fine, well written, 1846 dated slave sale in Memphis, Tennessee.  

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1800's Receipt For The Purchase Of Cotton

8 x 4 1/4, manuscript in ink. Greenville, S.C. Nov. 20, [184?]. This is a receipt for the purchase of one bale of cotton that was sold by B.N. James. Lists the price that it was sold for, $46.89, and it is signed with the initials "J.W.C." indicating that the bill was paid. Light age toning and wear.  

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Division of a Plantation Estate Which Includes 75 Slaves

4 pages, 7 3/4 x 12 1/4, in ink.

"We the undersigned commissioners appointed under the last will & statement of A. Logan dec'd have appointed the personal property of the said dec'd A. Logan to the legates as follows:"

The estate of the Logan Plantation is being divided into individual lots which lists the slaves by name, age, gender, and their individual value, with the slaves to be distributed among the Logan family members in these various lots. Although the document is undated, it came out of a larger group of estate papers...  

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Rare Freedom Papers For a Slave Girl in Kentucky, 1820

2 pages, 7 1/2 x 12, manuscript in ink. Being a true copy of the deed of gift from Mark Antony Alexis Girand to John S. Vimont. Mark Antony Alexis Girand of Fayette County, State of Kentucky, give to John Vimont, a negro girl known by the name of Glorvinia, one years old or about, give her in indenture for twenty years, at that epoch it is to say when the said girl Glorvinia will have twenty one years, the said Glorvinia shall become free to all intents, and, fix the day of her manumission to the fourth July, one thousand eight hundred forty one. Mr. John...  

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1854 Louisiana Bill of Sale For 7 Slaves

8 x 8 1/2, in ink, on blue paper.

"Recd. of J. Adrian Snider three thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars for an undivided half interest in the following slaves viz: one negro man, Ben, of yellow complexion; one negro man, Phillip, of black complexion; one negro man, Henry, of black complexion; one negro woman, Nancy, of black complexion; one negro woman, Martha, of black complexion, and her child, named Susan, aged about two years; & one negro woman, Serena, of black complexion; all of said negroes being a portion of those belonging from...  

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1846 New Orleans, Louisiana Slave Bill of Sale

8 x 13, manuscript in ink.

New Orleans, April 13, 1846. Received from M.B. Sellers, Esq., of Lake Providence, Louisiana, the sum of One Thousand, One hundred & Seventy five Dollars, for two certain negro Boys- to wit- Jim, aged about Sixteen years and priced at $562. 1/2, whose color is Black- and Jim, a dark mulatto, aged about Seventeen years and priced at $612. 1/2- which negroes I warrant Slaves for life. Sound in body and mind, and the title good against all claims whatsoever, and I further guarantee them free from all the vices & maladies...  

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1843 Bill of Sale For Eight Named Slaves

8 x 10, manuscript in ink. Dated January 5th, 1843. Itemized slave bill of sale.

"Know all men by these presents that I, George M. Savage, for and in consideration of the sum of Three thousand seven hundred and twenty five dollars to me in hand paid, the receipt and payment thereof, I hereby acknowledge I have this day bargained and sold and delivered unto Jim Johnson, the following negroes to wit, Jim, 21, Black, $500- Pleasant, 25, Black, $500- Squire, 25, Black, $500- Willis, 16, Brown, $500- Stephen, 15, Black, $412.50- Nelson, 15, Blk.,...  

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1843 Summons From Magistrate, Anderson District, South Carolina

For a father who had 2 sons that would fight in the Confederate Army!

7 1/4 x 7 1/2, manuscript in ink. State of South Carolina, Anderson District. To any lawful Constable of Said District- Complaint being made unto me by Elias Mullinax, plaintiff, that John James, Defendant, of sd.[said] District is indebted unto him the said plaintiff in the sun of seven dollars & fifty cents, interest 21 cents, in a joint note a copy of which is as follows- by the first of October next we or either of us do promise to pay Elias Mullinax or bearer the sum...  

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1859 Account For Doctor Visits & Medicine For Slaves

7 3/4 x 5 1/4, manuscript in ink. Itemized account by date, and the doctor services provided. Includes medical visits for the negroes, the extraction of teeth for a negro woman, and boy, and mileage charges to visit the negroes. This account was for the slave owner Daniel Crawford, from Doctors Graham & Smith. Signed by the doctor on the reverse, "Recd. payment in full, Jan. 3, 1859, A.D. Graham." There is also a docket that reads, D. Crawford, Acct., $19.00. Light wear and staining. Very desirable slave related medical document.  

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1862 Letter, Bank of New Orleans, La. Imprint

8 1/4 x 11, on imprinted bank letter sheet, with the letter portion written in ink.

Bank of New Orleans,
New Orleans, 28 Jany. 1862

Written to a man in Holly Springs, [Mississippi].

"I am in receipt of your [?] 24th Inst. & your requests will be duly attended to.

Respt. Yours,
[?]
Comm.

Light age toning and wear.

In less than 3 months after this letter was written New Orleans would be captured! The city of New Orleans, Louisiana fell to Federal naval forces commanded by Admiral David G. Farragut on...  

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Letter Written by Mrs. Lucy E. Polk

Regarding the career of her husband, the Honorable William Hawkins Polk, and the Confederate Monument in Warren County, N.C. she was responsible for erecting!

6 pages, 5 x 8, in ink. Comes with a 2 3/8 x 2 3/8, diagram of the proposed Confederate memorial with a written description.

Mrs. Lucy Eugenia Polk, was the wife of William Hawkins Polk, a Mexican War veteran, U.S. Statesman & Congressman from Tennessee. William H. Polk was the youngest brother of United States President James K. Polk.

Warrenton, [North Carolina],...  

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Correspondence Between Naval Commander & Secretary of the Navy

Regarding an incident that happened at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1841

5 pages, 8 x 12 1/2, in ink. These are contemporary handwritten copies of a correspondence that took place between Andrew W. Johnson, Commander, U.S. Navy, and George M. Robeson, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, concerning an incident that occurred when Johnson was a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1841. There are two letters from A.W. Johnson to Secretary Robeson, and one from Robeson to Johnson. Based on examples of Commander Johnson's signature, those on his two...  

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