Two-page letter dated November 19, 1845, from Lysander Spooner in Athol [Massachusetts] to [George] Bradburn. Includes manuscript copy of a letter from J. [James] Fulton, Jr. to Bradburn discussing "Anti-Texas efforts" in Washington, D. C. and the Texas Constitution.
One-page letter dated December 18, 1855, from William Goodell in New York, to Lysander Spooner in Boston [Massachusetts], giving his approval of Spooner's "form of a letter to be forwarded to Congress, with the form of petition."
Account record of expenses aboard the Sloop Hare in Barbados. Includes names of vendors William Collins, Paul Bedford, Captain Housman, William Baggot, Barn & Hortwick, Francis Welch, Richard Cole, Mr. Hammond, and Charles Bolton.
List titled "November 1851," including Elizabeth Finn, George Dana, George Bothamly, William Underwood & Co., J.P. Polion Dubuc, Joseph Russell, Stratton, Sheriff & Co., Albany Block [residential building], and ca. 40 others.
Seven-page letter and envelope dated February 18, 1854, from Charles D. Cleveland to Lysander Spooner, Wendell Phillips, and Francis Jackson, explaining his interest in Captain Daniel Drayton, and expressing his dismay at the negative tone of their response to his letter that he hoped to have printed in the Commonwealth.
Receipt for 5 gallons of rum purchased by Captain George Sweet [probably on the Brig Othello] from George Shore. Includes note, "Rec'd at same time [as] the above from Francis Mairez & David Cooper [of Jamaica]"
Inventory of goods consigned to Captain George D. Sweet aboard the Brig Othello, owned by Samuel and William Vernon of Newport, Rhode Island, departing Rhode Island to the Coast of Africa. Includes instructions that read, "To insurance in London, from thence to Affrica [Africa] at and from thence to market with slaves at 8 guineas." On back, "Invoice of slops [?] sent on board," such as frocks, hats, shoes, and rum.
Manuscript copy of letter dated January 25, 1807, from Joseph Wood in Islands Delos [Isle De Los, Sierra Leone] in to Mess. Gardner & Dean of Newport, Rhode Island regarding the voyage of the Ship Mary. Prepared by Phillips & Gardner of Charleston [South Carolina].
Ship manifest of "negroes, mulattoes, and persons of color taken on" the Steamer Powhatan of Washington from the port of Alexandria [Virginia]. Includes names of ship's Master J. Rogers, owner Thomas Javins, and collector Saul Stough. Lists 12 slaves.
Birth certificate of Roselle, born December 24, 1803, to a 'Mulatto Wench named Betty' belonging to New York City merchant John Gerhard Coster. In document, the word 'Negro' has been crossed out and replaced with 'Mulatto.'
Three-page letter dated May 11-18, 1851, from Lysander Spooner in Boston [Massachusetts] to [George] Bradburn, discussing his plan for Bradburn to establish a paper in Boston and outlining his strategy to get subscriptions.
Letter from Francis Jackson, Ellis Gray Loring, Amos B. Merrill, and S. E. Sewall to Stephen S. Foster, requesting that he address the public at an assembly at Fenuiel Hall, Boston [Massachusetts] on October 30, 1842.
Manuscript copy in Lysander Spooner's hand of a four-page letter dated February 11, 1854, from Lysander Spooner, Wendell Phillips, and Francis Jackson to Charles D. Cleveland, responding to a letter that Cleveland had sent to the Commonwealth to be published. In it, they suggest that Cleveland had written the letter to dissuade others from donating money to support the cause of Captain Daniel Drayton. At end, an additional note by Richard Hildreth agreeing with the sentiments of Spooner, et al.
Manuscript copy of a four-page letter from Gerrit Smith of Peterboro [New York] to Hon. D. [David] Wilmot, in which he responds to a letter from Wilmot discussing slavery and the United States Constitution, and sends him a copy of Lysander Spooner's "the Unconstitutionality of Slavery."
Remarks given [probably by Samuel or William Vernon] regarding a case against Captain Thomas Rogers, who is accused of producing falsified trade books and trading to his own benefit in Barbados, Cape de Verdes, St. Christopher, and Isle de Los. Document describes several instances of disregard for trade orders from the ship's owners.
Two-page account of "negro sales" taken from the Brig Marian, Captained by George Lawton from Africa. Includes names of purchasers, number of slaves purchased, and total cost. Many slaves listed as "dead."
Bill from Bowler Cocke, Jr., to Robert Cary of London, for remittance of payment to Richard Adams [of Virginia]. On back, directions from Richard Adams to pay directly to Samuel and William Vernon & Co.
Birth certificate of [?], born November 26, 1800, to a 'Negro Woman Slave named Mercy' belonging to Thomas Barclay of New York City. Damage to document on left side with text missing, including name of child.
Undated one-page letter labeled "Private" from A. P. Aldrich to Lysander Spooner [of Boston, Massachusetts], asking for his legal opinions on case Ogden vs. Saunders and offering his observations on the " and the disposition of the Southern people."
Manuscript draft of a four-page letter from Lysander Spooner in Athol [Massachusetts] to Gerrit Smith in Peterboro, New York, dated July 24, 1848, in which Spooner discusses his inability to raise funds for himself and explains reasons why the public should provide him assistance.
Resolution produced by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that the United States Congress must abolish slavery in the District of Columbia. Includes note that the "resolves were passed by the House in the 21st, & by the Senate of the 23 March" and that the resolutions are the same that are referred to in the letters of E. Jackson and R. C. Winthrop.
Manuscript copy in Lysander Spooner's hand of a seven-page letter dated February 18, 1854, from Charles D. Cleveland to Lysander Spooner, Wendell Phillips, and Francis Jackson, explaining his interest in Captain Daniel Drayton, and expressing his dismay at the negative tone of their response to his letter that he hoped to have printed in the Commonwealth.
Two-page memorandum regarding the sale of a "negro wench and child sold at publick vendue [sic], to Mrs. Elsworth for eight pound." Includes list of 3 "articles" outlining the terms of sale set forth by executor William Elsworth. Signed by witnesses Jeremiah Elsworth and William Wallace [?].