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Bolton, Dickens & Co. Account Book, 1856-1858
Bolton, Dickens & Co.
Bumpass, G. L.
Waddell, B. B.
New-York Historical Society
Account book, 1856-1858, kept by the prominent slave trading firm of Bolton, Dickens & Co. of Lexington, Kentucky, with branches in Memphis, Charleston, Natchez, and New Orleans. It chiefly records slaves purchased and sold by the firm, with entries giving the name of the slave, purchase and selling price, profit, names of suppliers, and occasional remarks. Some persons involved in the firm's recorded transactions were Washington Bolton, Isaac Bolton, Samuel Dickens, and the slave trader G.L. Bumpass. Of additional note is a copy of an 1857 letter to Isaac Bolton, probably written by his brother Washington Bolton while Isaac was in prison awaiting trial for the murder of slave dealer James McMillan of Kentucky following a dispute in Memphis concerning McMillan's sale to Bolton of a 16-year old slave who was later revealed to be a free man, and other related documents. The volume was later employed as a day book by "B.B.W." (possibly B.B. Wadell) and contains accounts for the year 1865.
Bolton, IsaacDickens, SamuelDickens, ThomasMcMillan, James, d. 1857Murder--Tennessee--MemphisSlave trade--Southern StatesSlave traders--Southern StatesSlaves--Southern StatesMemphis (Tenn.)
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