Public Sale of Negroes



Public Sale of Negroes

By Richard Clagett.

Contributed by: Jesse Swain - October 2005 


     On Tuesday, March 5th, 1833 t 1:00 P.M. the following Slaves will be sold at Potters Mart, in Charleston, S.C.

     Miscellaneous Lots of Negroes, mostly house servants, some for field work.

     Conditions: 1/2 cash, balance by bond, bearing interest from date of sale. Payable in one to two years to be secured by a mortgage of the Negroes, and appraised personal security. Auctioneer will pay for the papers.



     A valuable Negro woman, accustomed to all kinds of house work. Is a good plain cook, and excellent dairy maid, washes and irons. She has four children, on a girl about 13 years of age, another 7, a boy about 5, and an infant 11 months old. 2 of the children will be sold with mother, the others separately, if it best suits the purchaser.

     A very valuable Blacksmith, wife and daughters; the Smith is in the prime of life, nd  perfect master at his trade. His wife bout 27 years old, and his daughters 12 and 10 years old have been taught and accustomed to the duties of house servants. The 16 year old wench has one eye.

     A likely yellow girl about 17 or 18 years old, has been accustomed to all kinds of house and garden work. She is sold for no fault. Sound as a dollar.

     House servants: The owner of a family described herein, would sell them for aa good pricce only, they are offered for no fault whatever, but because they can be done without, and money is needed. He has been offered $1250. They consist of a man 30 to 33 years old, who has been raided in a genteel Virginia family as house servant. Carriage driver etc., in all which he excels. His wife a likely wench of 25 to 30 raised in like manner, as chamber maid, seamstress, nurse etc., their two children, girls of 12 and 4 or 5. They are bright mulattoes, of mild tractable dispositions, unassuming manners, and of genteel appearance and well worthy the notice of a gentlemen of fortune need such.

     Also 14 Negro Wenches ranging from 16 to 25 yearfs of age, all sound and capable of doing a good days work in the house or field.