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Peter Carr and Slavery

Peter Carr's Purchase of a Slave Boy

This bill of sale from Brown, Rives & Company, dated June 19, 1801, certifies that D. Higginbotham has sold "one negroe boy named John presumed ten years of age" to Peter Carr for seventy pounds. Final payment, including any interest accrued from the day of the sale, was due on August 1, 1802.

Original Author: David Higginbotham

Created: June 19, 1801

Medium: Bill of sale

Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society

Hiring Out Slaves

This receipt, dated August 9, 1799, indicates that Martha Carr, Thomas Jefferson's older sister, received payment for three slaves she hired out during the year 1789. Her son Peter Carr rented her slaves Harry, Juba, and Abbey, for thirty pounds.

Citation: Carr-Cary Papers, 1785–1839. Tracy W. McGregor Library, Accession #1231. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Martha Carr

Created: August 9, 1799

Medium: Handwritten receipt

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Letter Concerning Slave Sale

On December 31, 1806, Peter Carr writes from his estate, Carrsbrook, to his sister Mary and discusses selling his slave Nelly and her two children. He writes that he is very pleased with the sale price of $600 but unhappy that "the poor creature [being sold], is so distressed as very much to damp my satisfaction."

Citation: Carr-Cary Papers, 1785–1839. Tracy W. McGregor Library, Accession #1231. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Peter Carr

Created: December 31, 1806

Medium: Handwritten letter

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Peter Carr's Purchase of a Slave Boy

    This bill of sale from Brown, Rives & Company, dated June 19, 1801, certifies that D. Higginbotham has sold "one negroe boy named John presumed ten years of age" to Peter Carr for seventy pounds. Final payment, including any interest accrued from the day of the sale, was due on August 1, 1802.

    Original Author: David Higginbotham

    Created: June 19, 1801

    Medium: Bill of sale

    Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society

  • Hiring Out Slaves

    This receipt, dated August 9, 1799, indicates that Martha Carr, Thomas Jefferson's older sister, received payment for three slaves she hired out during the year 1789. Her son Peter Carr rented her slaves Harry, Juba, and Abbey, for thirty pounds.

    Citation: Carr-Cary Papers, 1785–1839. Tracy W. McGregor Library, Accession #1231. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Martha Carr

    Created: August 9, 1799

    Medium: Handwritten receipt

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Letter Concerning Slave Sale

    On December 31, 1806, Peter Carr writes from his estate, Carrsbrook, to his sister Mary and discusses selling his slave Nelly and her two children. He writes that he is very pleased with the sale price of $600 but unhappy that "the poor creature [being sold], is so distressed as very much to damp my satisfaction."

    Citation: Carr-Cary Papers, 1785–1839. Tracy W. McGregor Library, Accession #1231. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Peter Carr

    Created: December 31, 1806

    Medium: Handwritten letter

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections