Rare 1843 Alabama Slave Trading Document
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1843 Mobile Alabama letter regarding "Negro Trading" Stampless letter with Blue Postmark "Mobile Dec 22 Ala." Mobile Alabama December 21st 1843. This letter was written by man from Mobile Alabama to his brother in Surry County North Carolina. The letter goes into great detail regarding the great business opportunity of Negro trading in the area. "The object of writing you this line is to inform you of the prospects of Negro trading business in this state. The prospects of Negro trading business is now better than it has been in years past. I priced the property in Perry Marengo and Clark Counties as I came down and also the prices in this place 14 year old boys likely are worth from five to seven hundred dollars your likely field hands are worth from seven fifty to nine hundred dollars women in proportion are a shade lower than boys & fellows. Many of the citizens in the cotton growing counties are going to Carolina and Virginia for Negroes, there being none or very few in the market only at this place and not many here. All the cotton this year sold for gold and silver and all the business is done on specie bases and the prices I have given are in specie. Ala money is now only at from 4 to 5 percent discount we have some of it yet in circulation but only at specie value. The present price of cotton is from 7 to 91/2 cts which will justify the present prices of Negroes it being in gold and silver. I believe almost any amount can be sold. There is none in the county for sale and only one or two dealers here; one company has sold 65 this season in this place. Sales all cash. You can judge from what I have said about the price and what the property can be bought at in Carolina and Virginia & if you should be disposed to enter into it again I would take to be interested in the matter with you in attending to it as I believe it will pay well. If you think of going into the business and a lot can be got into the market in time this spring, write me and I will come immediately on, write me at this place & also at home as I do not yet know how long I may remain here. If the property can be bought as low in NC & Virginia as I expect it can it is now a better business and the men engaged in it now are making more money than they did in 35 & 36 " An exceptionally rare and important letter providing great insights into the culture of the Southern slave trading Business. Document measures 10"X16"
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