Mar 26, 2015 - Sale 2377

Sale 2377 - Lot 5

Price Realized: $ 688
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 800
Manuscript slave sale document. Small 4to sheet, written on one side and docketed on the reverse; sealing wax seal, signatures of concerned parties: Elizur Tallcott, Prudence Tallcott, and John Willard. New London, 11 October, 1774

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john hillard of stonington sells the tallcotts of new london a four year old boy named phillip. On the eve of the American Revolution, Connecticut had the largest number of slaves in all of New England. In New London County alone ---the site of the present transaction---there were some 2000 slaves. Before the war Connecticut had some of the harshest laws pertaining to blacks. However, when the war broke out, many slaves were offered their freedom in exchange for their service.