This document records a bond of $1,854.50 from Charles Crouch to Thomas Gadsden dated February 16, 1838 in Charleston, South Carolina. The document is a pre-printed form with handwritten text written in ink. On the reverse of the document is handwritten text in black and blue ink and graphite details the payment of the bond with a notation that a new bond for $1,718.08 was given on July 16, 1839.
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".