Early Charleston, South Carolina Bill of Sale for "A Negro Man Named Boatswain," 1799

Partially printed DS, 1p, 8 x 13 in., Charleston, SC. April 5, 1799. Document records the sale of "a Negro Man named Boatswain" for the sum of "twenty-four guineas," transacted between Henry William DeSaussure (1763-1839), acting for the estate of "D. DeSaussure," likely his father, Jonathan Daniel Héctor DeSaussure, who had died the year before, and a "Captain F. Frazer." Printed on cotton-content paper in Charleston, SC: Freneau & Paine.


Toning and creasing as expected, with scattered areas of holes/tears and light soiling. Contemporary pencil notation to upper left corner, with period inscription noting receipt of payment on verso.

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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