|Creator:||Ayer & Harrison.|
|Creator:||Coleman, B. F.|
|Creator:||Harrison, C. S., (Charles S.)|
|Creator:||Ingram, B., (Burnett)|
|Title:||B.F. Coleman receipt for slaves|
|Dates:||1857 January 7|
|Quantity:||0.02 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 3221 to MS 3230 in 1 half box)|
The slave population was exploding in the 1830s, but so were slave prices. Manumission was made limited by mid-century. Although abolition would become increasingly prominent, black people were considered property, which helps explain why such receipts were not unusual and why assurances of health were necessary. Market prices for slaves reflected their economic value. Even selling slaves to friends did not mean decreasing the price too substantially.
The collection consists of a receipt for the purchase of slaves Margaret and child by B. F. Coleman of Columbus, Georgia for $810.00. The receipt is witnessed by C. (Charles) S. Harrison for B. (Burnett) Ingram and is written on a printed form provided by the firm of Ayer & Harrison.
B. F. Coleman receipt for slaves. MS 3228. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.