The Slave Market of New Orleans.
A friend sends us from New Orleans the auctioneer’s advertisement of a sale of “choice slaves,” which took place January 18th, and the prices at which these human cattle were struck off. There were nineteen of them that were guaranteed, and a lot of refuse stuff which went off at almost any price.
There was Frances, a girl about 14 years, very likely and intelligent, speaks French and English – she brought $1000.
Celeste, another girl of 15 years, likely and intelligent, speaks English and French – she brought $1310.
Charity with a baby of three years, was knocked down at $1220.
Patsey – a No. 1 cook – brought $1180.
Bella, with two children, 7 and 4 years, brought $1400.
Clarissa, aged 19, very likely, went at $1350.
Rachel – a field hand – was struck off at $1000.
Julia – a Creole – brought $1000.
Anna Maria, aged 17 years – very nice – went at $1190.
Griffin, a fine looking fellow, was sold for $1100.
Hiiby – a first rate carpenter – sold for $1800.
A number of boys – all described as orphans – averaged about $1000 each.
It was evident the young women were the most saleable, but all went off at brisk prices.