R.M. Smythe & Co. to hold Internet auction of historical materials including autographs and more.. On October 1, 2007, R.M. Smythe & Co. will hold an Internet auction on eBay live of an eclectic collections of historical materials including autographs, photographs, ephemera, books and Americana.
With wear and aging, especially on fold lines, but telling an important story.
652 SLAVERY AND MANUMISSION DOCUMENTS  ($275-Up)
Ten documents, very fine, from 1794 to 1839 about transactions concerning slaves. One, ALS, 1839 tells of transporting fourteen slaves from Georgia to Maryland, calculating the tax due on this activity. A very good group, which may well exceed the estimate.
653 SLAVERY: CANNON’S FERRY  ($85-Up)
Important ALS “TJBC Wright,”, 2 pp, 4to, Cannons Ferry, [DE], 4/10/1827. He writes to Joseph Watson, mayor of Philadelphia, asking for his help apprehending members of the Johnson family, whom he suspects of “kidnping [sic] our boy.” The Johnsons and their colleague, Patty Cannon, were notorious for kdinapping escaped--and sometimes freed--slaves from Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, and re-selling them in Georgia. Dampstains and chipping at edges, seal hole, overall good. With an unrelated letter from 1849.
654 SLAVERY: DEEDS OF SALE  ($275-Up)
Six individual DS, most entirely manuscript, 1/2p to 1p, 4to  and legal folio, Louisiana and Mississippi, 1854-60, transferring slaves for payment. Some partial fold splits, but overall in very good condition.
655 SLAVERY: NEW ORLEANS  ($225-Up)
Pair of legal folio DS, one partly printed, 3-1/2pp, New Orleans, Dec 6, 1855, transferring “Elijah Jefferson” for the considerationo f $1350; the other 2pp, New Orleans, Nov 3, 1848, selling three young men for the price of $2420. Both in very good condition, and becoming rare.
656 SLAVERY: PUBLIC SALE BROADSIDE ($200-Up)
Broadside, 12” x 8.5”, announcing the “Public Sale of negroes by Richard Claggett. On Tuesday, March 5th, 1833...in Charleston, S.C. Miscellaneous Lots of Negroes, mostly house servants, some for field work...”Lists conditions of sale and gives details of the men, women, and children to be sold for cash, bond, and mortgage. Toned, with minor dampstain and edge wear, overall in very good condition.
657 SLAVERY: PUBLIC SALE BROADSIDE II ($175-Up)
Broadside, 12” x 8.5”, announcing the “Public Sale of negroes by Richard Claggett. On Tuesday, March 5th, 1833...in Charleston, S.C. Miscellaneous Lots of Negroes, mostly house servants, some for field work...”Lists conditions of sale and gives details of the men, women, and children to be sold for cash, bond, and mortgage. Toned, with chipping at edges and minor dampstains, however in very good condition.
658 SLAVERY: SALE ANNOUNCEMENT, 1861 ($60-Up)
Walter Tate writes, ANS, 1p, oblong 8vo, to “Commissioners...sale of Negro belonging to joint owners heirs of D. P. Jones...Feb 11th, 1861” Signed in full, fine.
659 SLAVERY: SALE BROADSIDES  ($200-Up)
Excellent pair of Broadsides, one, 18” x 12”, announcing: “Gang of 25 Sea Island Cotton and Rice Negroes, 25th Sept., 1852... One-half cash, balance by Bond, bearing interest from day of sale, payable in one and two years, to be secured by a mortgage of the negroes and approved personal security. Purchasers to pay for papers.”Large discoloration spots from paste, several small pieces out at edges not affecting text, otherwise about good. The second, 12” x 8.5”, announcing a “Public Sale of Negroes”by Richard Clagett, Mar 5,