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    Six slaves are sold on the day the Emancipation Proclamation was issued

    [Slavery]. War-Dated Bill of Sale for Six Slaves in South Carolina with Two Photographs. One partially-printed page, 8" x 13.25", Charleston, January 1, 1863. This bill of sale, ironically dated the very day that President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, acknowledges the sale to "Andrew Grier the following slaves, to wit: Plenty, about 36 years old. Dick, about 55 years old. Harriett, about 40 years, and her daughter, Jenny, about 14 years old, together with their further issue and also the two sons of said Harriett, to wit Willy 16 years old and Monday 8 years old" for the sum of $4,000. The document is signed at the lower right corner by the seller, George M. Martin. Docketed on the verso. Horizontal folds are weakening with separation beginning at the edges. Printed on blue paper, the edges (and to a lesser extent, the folds) show discoloration, particularly along the left and lower edges.

    Accompanying the document are photographs of both the seller and the buyer of the slaves. The previous owner, George M. Martin, is featured on a 4.25" x 6.5" cabinet card in a vignetted chest up studio portrait, looking off to his right. The image is affixed to an Anderson Studio of Charleston mount. The edges of the mount are rubbed in places which touch the edges of the image. Despite small spots of foxing, the image is clean. The purchaser of the slaves, Andrew Grier, whose sister Mary was the wife of George Martin, is seen in a full length studio portrait on a half-plate tintype, his right arm resting upon a very tall table. His watch chain has been hand-tinted with gold paint. The photo is surrounded by a removable oval mat with a pencil notation in the upper right corner identifying Grier. There is evidence of mildew from the matting and the image shows the remnants of an irregular finish.

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    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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