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Letter describing the purchase of enslaved people

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-801-02-003

Scope and Contents

This letter is dated from Boston, Massachusetts, on April 3, 1797. It is signed by Benjamin Cobb and Benjamin Homer, both Boston residents, who owned the schooner Fair Lady. The letter is from the boat’s owners and sent to the captain, Joshua Delano Jr., and Mr. Durant, a merchant. The ship was travelling from St. Croix to Havana, Cuba, to sell enslaved persons. The letter gives advice about port choice and describes the ideal type of enslaved person they should purchase in St. Croix to sell in Havana. (Information from Black Americana Collectibles)

Dates

  • 1797

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Historical Note

This letter surrounds the trade of schooner Fair Lady, owned by Benjamin Cobb and Benjamin Homer of Boston. During the Revolutionary War, this vessel had been commissioned as a gunboat, but this letter comes from its second life as a cargo ship. The boat traded many types of cargo along the East Coast and in the Caribbean. It also trafficked enslaved persons.

Extent

.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language

English

Overview

This letter is dated from Boston, Massachusetts, on April 3, 1797. It is signed by Benjamin Cobb and Benjamin Homer, both Boston residents, who owned the schooner Fair Lady. The letter is from the boat’s owners and sent to the captain, Joshua Delano Jr., and Mr. Durant, a merchant. The ship was travelling from St. Croix to Havana, Cuba, to sell enslaved persons. The letter gives advice about port choice and describes the ideal type of enslaved person they should purchase in St. Croix to sell in Havana. (Information from Black Americana Collectibles)

Arrangement

One item in one folder.

Acquisition

Letter describing the purchase of enslaved people was purchased by Haverford College for class use.

Processing Information

Processed by Anna Neuheardt; completed April, 2019.

Title
Letter describing the purchase of enslaved people, 1797
Author
Anna Neuheardt
Date
April, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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