• Georgian Planter Pettigrew Complains Of Slave Prices, Struggles With Indians

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    Offering a 3 pp, 8 x 12 ½, ALS from R.H. Pettigrew to his brother Ebenezer C. Pettigrew of Sumpter County, AL. No date, but circa likely 1835-1850.  We found one reference to an Ebenezer, who was born on June 19, 1806, in Abbeville District, South Carolina, and died on February 9, 1859, in Greene County, AL.  The letter has an integral address leaf to Ebenezer in Sumpter County, AL.  Fine content about the low pricing of slaves and the risky nature of farming along with the dangers associated with the struggle of American Indians.

     

    “I came to town last evening and now I am sitting alone in the Drawing Room…My thoughts began to travel to the west and commune with you in Sumpter County.”  Speaking of hurricanes, Pettigrew writes, “We have reason to be thankful that we all enjoy good health amidst…the elements and have lost no lives among my Negroes…I am very desirous to visit you in the course of November or December, but the unsettled state of the Indian Country rather deters me from writing to you particularly on that subject….When you involved me first every interest was in a sharp state of excitement. At this time, the record in the case your land and Negroes must follow the prices that is very low. The papers give frequently an account of Negroes selling for 300 dollars…In this state of things, what is your advice?

     

    “…Planting in this country is a mere gambling business.

     

    “…I wrote to Father some weeks since but have received no answer. This renews my apprehensions that the intercourse is not free or safe. I conversed with some wagoner from Chattanooga. He said the travelling through Creek County was not safe…[an apparent reference to problems with the Indians]…

     

    R.H. Pettigrew.”

     

    Fold splits repaired with archival tape. Toning.  The writing is a bit challenging, but the content is excellent.

     


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