Mar 24, 2022 - Sale 2598

Sale 2598 - Lot 20

Price Realized: $ 2,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(SLAVERY & ABOLITION.) Daniel W. Holsenbeck. Pair of letters from a plantation overseer in Confederate Georgia. Autograph Letters Signed to plantation owner W.T. Brookes, 4 and 2 pages, 10 1/2 and 7 3/4 inches high; minor wear. Jasper County, GA, 26 January and 18 April 1864

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Daniel W. Holsenbeck (circa 1830-1873) was an overseer in Monticello, Jasper County, in central Georgia. Reporting to the plantation owner, his first letter notes "There is no man in this neighborhood gives theire Negroes more to eat than yours gets. They have as much bread as they want & as many botatoes as they want & a good allounce of meat, peas, turnip greens. . . . It is true som times they are not well clothed but they are some of them so verry bad on theire cloths it is almost impossible to ceep them in clothes." In the second letter, the overseer expresses hope that he will be exempted from the coming military draft "by having over 15 hands & have been living on your place before 61."