Mar 26, 2015 - Sale 2377

Sale 2377 - Lot 40

Price Realized: $ 281
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
JAMAICA. Autograph Letter Signed by Jamaican plantation owner James Colquhoun Grant to Archibald Crawfurd, his solicitor, in Edinburgh, regarding plantation business and slaves. Single folio sheet, folded to form four pages, written on two; integral address with seal, broken; several postal stamps. Westmoreland, Jamaica: 20 June, 1820

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A letter with excellent content discussing a shipment of sugar from Grant's Three Mile River estate, bound for Perth: '30 hogsheads of Three Mile River Sugar on the Isabella Simpson for Perth which vessel sailed from Yarmouth on the 17th ult. I hope she will have arrived safe and delivered her cargo in good order long before you receive this. . . .The expenditure of manure does not as you seem to think, improve the quality of sugar, but otherwise, although it tends greatly to increase the quantity. . . The slaves on the estate are healthy, the cattle recovering from the fatigues of the crop--I shall be obliged to dispose of from 12 to 14 of the oldest that are unfit for the yoke longer to the grazier, as we have not the means of fattening them on the estate."