1860. Manuscript slave bill of sale, signed and dated the 12th Jan 1860, which reads: "Rec. of Jos. D. Brown Adm. of A. J. Brown the sum of Six hundred and fifty nine dol and 50/100 cts , it being one half of proceeds of sale of Negro Man George. This 12th Jan. 1860. [Signed] Carrie E. Brown."
This slave sale took place in early 1860, the year in which Abraham Lincoln won the election on a platform of halting the expansion of slavery. His win prompted 7 Southern slave states to declare their secession from the Union to form the Confederate States of America. Lincoln's 1860 election caused many to believe that Southern interests were losing control on the federal level, and that the new government would eventually suppress slavery or abolish it completely. The reaction amongst slaves to Lincoln's election was jubilant: on a Virginia plantation slaves celebrated by proclaiming their freedom and marching off the plantation.
Pale blue laid paper, 7 1/2 x 4". With 1 original fold, this a complete bill of sale (no loss of text), torn from a larger piece of paper. On the verso, "C. E. Brown Recpt $659.50" Very good condition. Item #22682