Slave sale account

Slave sale account

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Slave sale account
Dates: 1802-1805
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Abstract:The collection consists of the account of sales of black slaves by merchants Hamilton & Couper in account with James Moss of Nassau, Bahamas. The two page document lists the price, buyer, and number of the slaves. The average price of the males was $400. The total price was $17,257.01.
Coll. Number: ms2120

Biographical/Historical Note

John Couper had come from Scotland to Georgia in 1775 and in 1805 purchased, with lifelong friend and fellow e�migre� James Hamilton, 2,000 acres along the southern bank of the Altamaha River, about sixteen miles from Brunswick. They developed this land into Hopeton Plantation, which soon was expanded to 4,500 acres, with 659 slaves (many of whom came directly from Africa) to prepare the fields first for sea island or long-staple cotton, then sugar, and finally rice as the principal crops... The partnership of James Hamilton and John Couper ended in 1826. Earlier difficulties plus the virtual loss of two cotton crops in 1824 and 1825 convinced Couper to sell his share to Hamilton, which Hamilton then resold to James Hamilton Couper in 1827, with Couper remaining as manager of the plantation. -- "Couper, James Hamilton." American National Biography Online. (Retrieved April 27, 2009)


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Couper, John, 1759-1850
Hamilton, James, 1763-1829
Moss, James
Slave traders--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Slave sale account, 1802-1805. MS 2120. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Slave sale account