New Orleans Broadside Promoting Promoting Sale of Enslaved African Americans, Ca 1850s

Printed broadside, 6.5 x 22.5 in., glued down on paper and matted to 13 x 36 in. A Gang of 82 Choice Plantation SLAVES! From Georgia. On a Long Credit, and Without Limits! New Orleans, LA: n.d., ca late 1850s. Enslaved people are to be sold by C.E. Girardey & Co. on April 6th at the City Hotel. At center, 82 men, women, and children, organized in families, are listed by lot number, with most described by name, age, and occupation. Terms of sale are outlined below a statement of guarantee, reading, in part, "Nine months' credit, for approved city acceptances, bearing 8 per cent. interest from date.

"Exceptions" to the guarantee of health, fitness, and/or obedience are listed for some individuals, including, "80. TIM, black, aged 24 years, a No. 1 field hand, has runaway," and "81. MANUEL, black, aged 29 years, general laborer, sickly." Offered separately as lots 35 and 36 are a mother, "SOPHIA, black, aged 25 years," and her baby, "MARY, black, aged four months (child of Sophia)." Offered separately as lots 37 and 38 are a husband, "JACK, black, aged 40 years, No. 1 field hand and Fair Engineer," and wife, "LOUISA, black, aged 30 years, wife of Jack." Others are offered together, including "40. JOE, black, aged 30 years, No. 1 Plantation Blacksmith and his wife."

Affixed below broadside are clipped sale and reward ads arranged in grid-style, soliciting the return of various escaped enslaved people and promoting the sale of others by named subscribers.

Also included in this lot is a Confederate one-hundred dollar bill, Dec. [year unknown due to loss] issue, No. 87652. With depiction of laboring enslaved people at top center, bust portrait of John C. Calhoun lower left, and standing portrait of Columbia lower right. 


Broadside glued down on paper, with heavy surface soil and spots of discoloration, wear to edges and corners, and areas of loss including upper right corner. 

Confederate note with large area of loss to upper right corner, obscuring year date and other details. 

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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