Lot 6: Letter by Georgia Lawyer as Slave Trader

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2017-06-12 15:51:51

Lot 6

Heading: (African-American, 1850) Title: Letter by Georgia lawyer as Slave trader. Place Published: Newnan, GA. Date Published: 1850. Description: L.[emuel] A. McAfee. Autograph Letter Signed. Newnan, Georgia. Dec. 28, 1850. 3pp.+stampless address leaf. To W.J.Peeples, Gainesville, Georgia. "....I have sold but 3 Negroes yet, find the business dull and prices rather lower than I anticipated. Yet I think I will clear $1500 on the trip....so far as the Negro business is concerned send the Notice by return mail to Corinth. Heard Co., Ga." While Lemuel Austin McAfee was said to be a major landowner at the Alabama-Georgia border, both he and his correspondent, Peeples, were lawyers, not slave traders, and the sale of Negroes was probably a sidelight of his legal practice. Perhaps the slaves he put on the block were his own. McAfee was later appointed a judge at Gainesville, and, after the start of the Civil War was elected to the Confederate Georgia Legislature, as was his brother, a Confederate Army Surgeon who owned nearly 100 slaves. The brothers were from a pioneer Georgia family, their maternal great grandfather having been killed by Indians while on an expedition with Daniel Boone. After the War, both brothers moved to Texas; Lemuel eventually settled in San Luis Obispo, California, where he died. Condition: Very good.

Estimate: $300-500

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