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 [?].
Resolution signed by "R. M. Mallory" for the Virginia Committee for Courts of Justice stating that slaves purchasing "ardent spirits" for their masters are required to produce written consent. No year of creation given, but dated February 2.
One-page unsigned memorandum from Philadelphia showing number of slaves, general population, and congressional representatives divided by state. Includes statistics for the South Western Territory and North Western Territory.
Two-page memorandum signed by John Faxor and Robert N. Anchmuty, joint owners of the Schooner General Greene, addressed to their subscribers regarding "outstanding bills and notes unpaid for the purchases & against said schooner and cargo."
Two-page unsigned and undated memorandum regarding morality and slavery, suggesting that slaves 'have been benefittedby being thus snatched from heathenism and brought to this civilized and Christian country."
Note giving permission for the "bearer of a negro woman named Charr" to sell her to a new master for the sum of seventy-five dollars. Signed by Marte Beekman, Jacob Baurhyte, and John T. Miller of Shodack [New York].
Three-page draft of advertisement for the reward for the return of two runaway slaves named Tom and Frisby, an uncle and nephew, in Nottingham District, Prince George's County, Maryland. Signed Robert B[?].
One-page draft of advertisement for reward of $900 for the return of a runaway slave named Genge [George?] submitted for insertion into the daily newspaper of Alexandria, Virginia for 30 days. Signed "G. E. H."
James F. Brown (1793-1868) was the ex-slave gardener of the Verplanck family at Mount Gulian, Fishkill, New York. Brown was a runaway slave from Maryland, and the Verplancks purchased his time after he was found by his master. The collection consists of 8 diaries, 1829-1866, during which time Brown was gardener for the Verplanck family; 1 receipt book, 1832-1857, recording some personal and household expenses, although most entries are unspecified; and 1 memorandum book, 1827-1843. Entries in the diaries are brief, with little elaboration, and pertain to such matters as the weather, local deaths, his gardening activities, the passage of boats on the Hudson, etc. The diaries are not entirely chronological, as in several instances the entries for a year have been copied into a later volume.