B.F. Coleman receipt for slaves

B.F. Coleman receipt for slaves

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
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)
Coll. Number: ms3228

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Index Terms

Bills of sale.
Receipts (financial records)
Slave bills of sale--Georgia--Columbus--Specimens.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

B. F. Coleman receipt for slaves. MS 3228. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Receipt, 1857 January 7