Letter to M. C. Taylor from T. Heatherly regarding the slave trade

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This letter was written on December 19, 1840, by T. Heatherly to Doctor M. C. Taylor. M. C. Taylor was a doctor who lived in Richmond, Kentucky, in 1840, and was involved in the slave trade. Heatherly was involved in the domestic slave trade in South Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky. The letter details Heatherly's trip by ship and rail from Charleston, South Carolina, to Richmond, Virginia. At the end of the letter he lists current price ranges for young adult enslaved men and women. The history of enslaved persons is often difficult to uncover. Letters such as this are helpful sources that provide us with clues about individuals and their history. Help us transcribe this letter detailing the business of selling enslaved persons.

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