Lengthy Autographed Letter Signed Indicating Traffic in Slaves


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Place Published: Pelham
Date Published: 1850

Description: 4 pages, each two-page spread measuring 7.75 x 9.75 inches, Pelham, New York, January 30, 1850. Written by "Helen" (Morris) to brother Jacob, the children of Staats Morris, about having to sell their plantation and slaves, in small part: "...Poor Richard, he has had his hands full. The Plantation and the Negroes are sold and as usual...he has fared the worst, he thinks Lewis has not acted honorably. Richard wished to buy the Plantation but I dissuaded him from it. The General presented his claims and has been beaten...Richard ordered a bid up to $12,000...fearing it would be sold too low. The Negroes all sold well but his, for which he blames Lewis...Judge Harper bought Sabinos and Richard Lewis...so they all have good Masters..." Page three of this letter lists the extensive properties that the Morris family disposed of and who acquired the said parcels. The sale price totaled $122,825.00. It is quite possible that the family was convinced that secession was a possibility, panicked and sold large holdings, believing they would cut their losses if the Civil War was inevitable. Several folds and creases; partial tear along the center fold; tiny pink stains on the last page. Very good(-) condition.

Signed: Y
Binding: unbound
Language: English
Type: Autographs

Book ID: 219255

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