Letter describing the purchase of enslaved people
Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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This letter surrounds the trade of schooner Fair Lady, owned by Benjamin Cobb and Benjamin Homer of Boston. During the Revolutionary War, this vessel had been commissioned as a gunboat, but this letter comes from its second life as a cargo ship. The boat traded many types of cargo along the East Coast and in the Caribbean. It also trafficked enslaved persons.
This letter is dated from Boston, Massachusetts, on April 3, 1797. It is signed by Benjamin Cobb and Benjamin Homer, both Boston residents, who owned the schooner Fair Lady. The letter is from the boat's owners and sent to the captain, Joshua Delano Jr., and Mr. Durant, a merchant. The ship was travelling from St. Croix to Havana, Cuba, to sell enslaved persons. The letter gives advice about port choice and describes the ideal type of enslaved person they should purchase in St. Croix to sell in Havana. (Information from Black Americana Collectibles)
One item in one folder.
Letter describing the purchase of enslaved people was purchased by Haverford College for class use.
Processed by Anna Neuheardt; completed April, 2019.
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Anna Neuheardt
- Finding Aid Date
- April, 2019
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).