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    Sale 2503 | Lot 20
    Price Realized: $4,000With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2503 Lot 20

      (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Henderson, James. Letter to George Washington's nephew regarding the purchase of slaves. Autograph Letter Signed to Bushrod Washington of Mount Vernon, VA. 2 pages, 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches, plus integral address leaf with inked postmark stamp; folds, minor wear and soiling, slight loss from wax seal. Petersburg, VA, 12 March 1811

      Estimate $400 - 600

      Letter written by James Henderson to Supreme Court Justice Bushrod Washington, nephew of the late president, confirming that Henderson will act as his attorney in the matter of a land purchase and the subsequent purchase of slaves to cultivate the land. "Since my last to you, I have made particular inquiry of the agent, a most intelligent gentleman, respecting the soil of the Dismal Swamp Company's land, & the propriety of appropriating one or two thousands dollars annually from our present large dividends to be laid out in the purchase of Negro boys & lads to have sufficient force in readiness to cultivate the land by the time the juniper timber is exhausted."

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $4,000