Feb 26, 2009 - Sale 2171

Sale 2171 - Lot 15

Price Realized: $ 1,140
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
"BEST SALES I EVER MADE..." (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) SLAVE TRADER'S LETTER. "Go ahead and purchase as fast as possible and as many as possible." Folio, folded to form four pages, written on two and addressed on a third; dime-sized hole where the original sealing wax seal on the letter was opened; paper evenly toned. Livingston, Missouri, 1835

Additional Details

A very detailed letter from a slave dealer to his partner: "Mermon Burgeon, Jacob Persons, Wilson and Jack Grimes, George Duff (and) James Lanwood at $800 each, John Adams at $1300, Aggy Beekly at $850, and the Smith negros (sic), eight in number at $6100 . . . the best sales I ever made . . . but there is some four or five that will be a loss on. No one will look at them now . . . but they will all sell . . . send as many as possible and as quick as possible . . . I will be nearly sold out again . . . the house now collected full of people and no more time . . . a great gathering here to buy, some sales certain . . . Go ahead and purchase as fast and as many as possible . . . " The writer goes on effusively. The matter-of-fact tone is truly chilling.