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    Slaves in Trade for Cotton 1852 Anderson County, Texas, Manuscript Document January 2, 1852, lending of four slaves, Anderson County, Texas. Extremely fine. Manuscript document pale blue, lined paper, trimmed to 12" x 7.5", 1 and 1/3 pages. An agreement stating John Hassell will give four of his slaves, along with necessary farming tools, to John Nutt, an overseer of his small plantation. Upon receiving the slaves, Nutt will use them for harvesting a cotton crop, where he would not normally be able to. In return, Hassell will receive 4/5 of the crop. Being that slave owners in the south had around ten slaves, it was not uncommon for such a transaction, being that both parties benefited from the agreement. Still, this type of exchange was rarely written down, making this particular document all the more rare. A few tear marks and simple creases on top of paper. Two small slices have been made in paper originally for filing.

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