This week's blog post is a reminder that Clarke County was built on the backs of thousands of men, women, and children who were held in perpetual bondage, and it is a tribute to those men, women, and children who's voices have been silenced within the narrative.
To make sure their voices are coming through loud and clear, there will be no interpretation or explanation given to accompany the following images. Some have been transcribed for ease of reading, but that is all.
The Archivist, the author of this blog, invites you to join her in these conversations, and to help bring these voices back to the present.
I have a man for sale & thought perhaps that either you or yr son Mr Elliot might wish to purchase & That I would inform you of it before he has sold, I sell him primely [sic] because I am tired [illegible deletion] of his troublesome hiring out every year I wish to get a settled home for him - He is a man between the age of 45, or 49, years - & is remarkably healthy I have never paid a Dr bill for him, nor do I believe he has ever been very ill in his life excepting [sic] the time when he was so unfortunate as to get an accidental shot from a gun during some wrong [illegible] time when he was a lad it has ingured [sic] a little the appearance of his face but is not the slightest disadvantage to him - My price for him is $200 - I am not in want of the money, & the purchaser can have it perhaps my life-time by paying the interest of the money Innitially [sic]. I would be willing to bind myself no
to call for the money for 2 years, but after that time to have the bond payable on demand, tho [?] perhaps I shall not want the money during my life - I sincerely wish it were in my power to dispose of all my servants as a female finds it a most troublesome business when they have to collect him, I see that they are clothed &c. but the man I offer for sale is the only one of the servants I have the right of disposing of, the others being loner servants - should either yourself or son or any other friend be in want of a man I will thank you to [illegible words], or Mr D. Meade who will be at [illegible] on Monday & who would give sale for me. I would like to get a good lease at once for him as the next year is near at hand - yrs respectfully
Melanie is the current archivist for the Clarke County Historical Association, in Berryville, Virginia. She is a graduate from Shepherd University, where she earned a degree in History.