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    Early Nineteenth-Century Journal with Slave Records of a Southern Plantation Owner. The owner was possibly named H. Barret, with entries sporadically entered and dated from January 1814 through March 1850. When the journal begins, Barret lived on a Virginia wheat plantation, possibly in King William County, but as time went by, it appears that he moved to the banks of a river in northern Alabama, possibly in the 1830s. On page twenty-two, the author has recorded "A List of Negroes born since 1803," which consists of the names of twenty-seven slaves, all born between 1803 and 1824. Barret recorded entries about the weather, hunting, planting, harvesting, "putting up ice," "red streak" cider apples, general farming advice, and more. On April 20, 1821, he records that he "lost 4 old sheep and 2 lambs by Mrs. Boshers dogs and slaughtered the dogs that committed the deed." An entry outlined in black on February 14, 1829, records the death of the author's "esteemed young friend William Aylett, aged 22 years" who died shortly after caring for his brother's last illness at the University of Virginia. Most pages are blank. The cover of the journal has been lost; the spine and back cover exhibit much wear. The pages are darkly age toned with some staining and soiling.

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