Letter to M. C. Taylor from T. Heatherly regarding the slave trade

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Received by
Taylor, M. C.
Written by
Heatherly, T.
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 9 7/8 × 15 5/8 in. (25.1 × 39.7 cm)
Type
letters (correspondence)
Place used
Richmond, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, United States, North and Central America
Date
December 19, 1840
Description
This letter was written in Richmond, Virginia, on December 19, 1840 by T. Heatherly to Doctor M. C. Taylor in Richmond, Kentucky. The letter details Heatherly's trip by ship and rail from Charleston, South Carolina, to Richmond, Virginia. He speaks about an acquaintance who lost money through a crooked card game. At the end of the letter he lists current price ranges for young adult enslaved men and young adult enslaved women and notes, "young women are fetching a better price than any other description." He continues, "I think of dealing in women and children tho it will be very hard to get them home," meaning taking them from Virginia to Kentucky. The paper is folded in half with the letter written on the right hand side and continuing onto both sides of the reverse. The address is written on the left hand front side with a postmark dated December 21 in Richmond, Virginia.
Topic
African American
American South
Business
Children
Correspondence
Domestic slave trade
Fancy Girl trade
Slavery
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.174.3.4
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Documents and Published Materials
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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