1799, 1857 and 1862 Dated, Lot of Three Slave-Related Manuscript Documents, Fine to Very Fine.1. October 28, 1799-Dated North Carolina Bill of Sale for a Slave Boy named Peter for the sum of Forty Dollar “Silver”. This Manuscript Document measures 12” x 7.25” and is in generally Fine condition.
2. November 30, 1857-Dated Receipt of Payment for a Hired Slave. This Manuscript Document from Huntsville, Alabama measures 2.25” x 7-3/8” and records the receipt of $50 from John H. Swift & Co. “for negro hire for the month of October 1857.” It was common for Slave owners in the South to hire their Slaves out during the fall and winter months, after their harvesting was done. Very Fine.
3. October 27, 1862-Dated Settlement of an Estate, wherein numerous Slaves are named. This single leaf Manuscript Document measures 12.25” x 7.75” and the writing covers one full side and one-third of the other. Place unknown, but most likely in the Confederacy. This was a quite valuable estate, worth $57,194.20 in 1862. Apparently, some of the named Slaves had been bequeathed to others, but were to be “enjoyed and used” by S.E.C. Rogers during his or her lifetime; this document clarified the ownership of those Slaves. Some waterstain at upper left, Very Fine. (3 items)