Lot 6 of 739:
Letters on Slave Trade business, 1838  

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$500 - $800

Three manuscript documents and letters relating to a purchase of slaves, including a joint purchase for over $100,000


Various places





  • Letter from Joseph Longworth to Dr. Goodwin [sic, should be Goodwyn], relating to a security bond for the purchase of a large number of slaves, " I told him that when you bought the Negroes that I promised Mr. Elmore that if you failed in some measure in payment of the principle... I made you and Mr. Stewart such promises... about the bond... I feel sorry that you have to pay so much discount but I want the money in New York and must pay from eight to ten discount to get my money to New York... " On the final page he lists five slaves, and their prices, totaling $1800.  On 4-page stampless cover - the addressed portion is mostly missing, affecting about 11 lines of text on the third page. Grahamville: April 24th, 1838.
  •  1½ page agreement of indemnity between Robert H. Goodwyn of South Carolina and A.A. McWhorter for sums totaling $108,000 in the sale of “certain negro slaves, jointly purchased by the said James L. Beck, Albert G. Goodwyn, John A. Elinore and James G. Stewart, who are the principals in the said bond…” Montgomery County, Alabama: May 16, 1838.
  • Letter from Joseph Longworth in Grahamville, SC, to James G. Stewart in Alabama, relating to the purchase of slaves, payment thereof, and related financing and surety bonds, "I don't know that I can say anything more than I have already said in all my letters to those that have bought my Negroes in Alabama.... I am not pleased the way things has been done in Alabama... I wish that the others that keep the Negroes that have bought the Negroes would buy them, I want to help you to make a good bargain in buying the Negroes..." 3 pages, on 4-page stampless lettersheet (ink is bleeding through the paper). Grahamville, SC: June 21, 1838.

Interesting letters and documents revealing the business aspects of slavery transactions.

Lot Amendments

Some wear, archival tape repairs; very good overall.

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