Mar 28, 2019 - Sale 2503

Sale 2503 - Lot 87

Price Realized: $ 7,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Packet of printed Virginia circulars relating to the provision of slaves for the defense of the Confederacy. 3 circulars printed on 6 pages, 11 x 8 1/2 inches, one of them addressed on verso to a court in Virginia, with a #8 two-cent Confederate Andrew Jackson stamp with an inked Richmond, VA cancellation; toning, minor dampstaining and wear, substantial wear along one fold of the stamped circular. Richmond, VA, January 1864

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These three documents were apparently printed up and mailed together. Includes: "An Act to Amend and Re-Enact an Act to Further Provide for Public Defence." Authorizes the governor to "call into the service of the Confederate States, for labor on fortifications . . . a number of male slaves between the ages of eighteen and fifty-five years, not exceeding ten thousand." 2 pages, 13 March 1863 Circular letter from Colonel W.H. Stevens, setting rates for hire of the "ten thousand negroes" at $550 per year for clothing and rations, "negroes to be comfortably clad when delivered." One page, 18 January 1864 Circular letter from Governor William Smith, enclosing the two preceding circulars and setting forth a schedule of slaves to be provided by each county. 3 pages, 22 January 1864. None of these printings have been traced in OCLC, Parrish & Willingham's Confederate Imprints, or at auction.