Mar 24, 2022 - Sale 2598

Sale 2598 - Lot 1

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(SLAVERY & ABOLITION.) Bill of lading for a very early shipment of "two negroes" from Jamaica to Boston. Partly printed document, 4 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches, signed by Jeffrey Bedgood as ship's master; vertical fold, uncut, minor foxing and wear, unrelated calculation on verso. Jamaica, 3 March 1708/9

Additional Details

By the brigantine Mary under master Jeffrey Bedgood, Thomas Hall shipped "two negroes, one man & one woman" from Bluefields, Jamaica to Boston, agreeing to freight costs of £3 for each. The North American slave trade dates back to 1619, but in 1709 it was still substantially smaller and less organized than it would be even by the mid-1700s. We can find no manuscripts from this period of the North American trade at auction through Swann. Dartmouth College holds a similar bill of lading signed by Bedgood dated 1718. No voyages for any vessels under Captain Bedgood are recorded in the SlaveVoyages database.