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This is a receipt for a classified ad in the Alexandria Gazette - the actual advertisement that ran in the paper is attached. The advertiser, John A. Washington, announces that, as trustee for the estate of a William S. Mason, he will be selling "at public auction, to the highest bidder" two people: "one a young mulatto woman aged about 22 years, and a good house servant; the other, a negro boy aged ten years."


Mr. J.A. Washington, Trustee To Alexandria Gazette Office, Dr. 1857 July 15 For Advertising Slaves for sale 1 1/2 ? August 20th $1 50 Received Payment, B.T. Plummer August 25th 1857 Sale of Valuable Slaves. -- By virtue of a deed of trust from the late Wm. S. Mason, of the County of Fairfax, to the subscriber, dated the 1st day of said month and year, in the records of Fairfax County court, and for the purposes therein mentioned, I shall between the hours of 12 M. and 2 P.M. on Thursday, the 20th of August next, if fair, if not, the next fair day, at the Tavern of Samuel Catts, West End, in the said County of Fairfax, offer for sale at public auction, to the highest bidder, for cash, two likely SLAVES -- one a young mulatto woman aged about 22 years, and a good house servant; the other, a negro boy aged ten years. Selling as trustee, I shall only convey such title as is vested in me, which however, is believed to be unquestionable. John A. Washington, Trustee. Fairfax Co., jy 15 -- eots

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John Augustine Washington, Receipt for Slave Sale, Alexandria Gazette, William S. Mason, 1857, Tavern of Samuel Catts, Fairfax, Virginia

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April 2014

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Legal | Social History | United States History


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