A single-sheet broadside with bold serif font typeface advertising an auction for the sale of eighteen slaves. It consists of black printed text on white paper. The top of the broadside reads "SLAVES! / Long Credit Sale / of / Plantation Hands / from Alabama, without reserve.” The broadside lists the sale location as the St. Louis Hotel and date the sale is to take place as March 25, 1858. It then lists the names, ages and skills of the people being sold. A disclaimer in the middle of the broadside reads “All of the above Slaves are from the State of Alabama, and sold under / a full guarantee, except the defects above stated. The bottom portion of the broadside lists additional enslaved people being sold at this auction. At the bottom of the broadside an additional disclaimer and terms of sale are listed.
The enslaved persons to be auctioned are listed as follows:
Absalom, 28, plantation hand
Ned, 43, plantation hand
Tom, about 46, plantation hand
Bill, 23, plantation hand
Frank, 25, plantation hand
Alfred, 35, plantation hand
Polly, 23, cook, washer and ironer
George, 23, plantation hand and carriage driver; to be sold with his wife Martha, 30 and their four children, Ned, 7, Nancy 6, Horace, 4, and Mary, 1
A printed copy of the Christian Bible printed in 1869, containing the family history of Richard Collins. Blank pages between the Old Testament and the New Testament are filled in with the marriage, birth, and death dates of various members of Collins's family, including his ancestors and his descendants. The information is written in ink and pencil by at least two different hands. The book has been rebound in a tooled leather-covered cardboard cover. A red satin ribbon page marker is attached at the top edge of the spine.