This letter was written from Charleston, South Carolina, on March 5, 1800, by David Selden to his parents in Chatham, Connecticut. Selden lists several cities he has recently traveled to including New York and Philadelphia, with future destinations including Georgetown and Georgia. After describing the weather and spring blossoms of Charleston, Selden writes, "I cannot but reflect on the awfull sight to be seen at a place called Gadsdens wharf of about four thousand poor africans naked/in a manner/ and lousy[.] The most distressing sight I ever beheld offered for sale every day at Auction to him who will give the most." The letter is posted specifically to his father Reverend David Selden of Chatham, Connecticut, but the salutation reads "Dear parents".
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.