Letter to M. C. Taylor from T. Heatherly regarding the slave trade [2]

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This letter was written on December 28, 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. Heatherly writes of purchasing one enslaved man for $630.00 whom he plans to sell in Kentucky for over double the price at $800.00. He also lists current sale prices for women in Richmond, Virginia, noting they are very expensive, and deciding enslaved young men and male children as having the best potential profit. 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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