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Slavery/Black History
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Lot 667
Ship's Slave Manifest, 1854. Document titled "Manifest of Slaves intended to be transported on board of the Brig Harriet A. Stephens, whereof Smith is Master, of the burthen 395 tons, and bound from the port of New-York for the port of Mobile in the State of Alabama this 18 day of Oct. 1854." Document is 8 x 13 in. The slave is listed as "Mary Thompson (black)," 23 years of age and 5'2" in height. The shipper, E.D. Hurlbut, and the master, G.H. Smith swears that the slave "was not imported or brought into the United States from and after the first day of January, 1808." J.A. O'Henry, Collector of the Port of New York, acknowledges that the manifest has been sworn to and grants permission for the brig to proceed to Mobile. An Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, stating that no new slaves were permitted to be imported into the United States, took effect in 1808, but it was easily and often flouted.
Estimated Value $300 - 500.
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Lot 668
Texas Slave Document Signed Twice by Robert Newton White. White (1810-1891) moved to Texas from South Carolina in 1845. Navarro County was created in 1846 and White was elected the first county clerk, a position he held for ten years. He served as the first Corsicana Postmaster from 1849 to 1852. A civic leader, White was instrumental in persuading railroads to build lines to the city of Corsicana. (From Texas Historical Markers). Manuscript document signed twice ("R.N. White"), as clerk, 1 page, 12¾ x 8 in., Navarro County, Feb. 1, 1854. White signs that James M. Riggs came before him and swore that in 1846 or 47 he had gone to the house of Sutherland Mayfield to buy a Negro boy named Randle, and Mayfield told him that he had sold a Negro woman belonging to his wife and that the boy belonged to his wife "in consideration of said girl, and he could not sell the boy without her permission, which she refused "and I did not trade for the negro." At the bottom of the page, White signs that B.L. Ham swore before him that "in the year 1843 Sutherland Mayfield stated to me that he had sold a negro woman belonging to his wife…and that he intended Randle his servant to remain in her stead…." Both of these statements are noted in the left margin as being testimony (probably in a probate case), the top one adding, "testimony accompaning schedule &c."
Estimated Value $300 - 500.
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