This letter was written in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 28, 1849, by Giles Saunders to Samuel Fox in Richmond, Kentucky. Saunders describes a recent sale of mules and notes, "I understand negroes is much hyer than last year" in reference to the market prices for enslaved people. The blue paper is folded in half with the letter on the right side and the address on the right side. A postmark dated February 28 from Charleston, South Carolina, is stamped in red ink above the address.
A large, pre-printed bill of sale with handwritten text on both sides. It describes the mortgage of four enslaved persons by George Lynes. The enslaved persons are identified as “S Bella, L Sally, Ben, and L Anthony.” The document states that Lynes delivered the enslaved persons to the Master of Equity, James W. Gray, against the price of $660. It is dated March 6, 1844. It was sealed and delivered in the presence of Robert W. Roper and Stephen F. Clarke. The back is covered in various handwritings which records the witnessing of the mortgage and its entry into the record books in April 1844.