The Rubenstein Library of the Franklin Research Center at Duke University recently received the donation of a bill of sale for three slaves in Baltimore that is dated October 11, 1805. The document was discovered among the papers of Edna Balderston the great-grandmother of Marley Braun, an employee of Duke University. Braun wanted the document to be preserved and made available for study, and therefore decided to donate the bill of sale to the university.
The bill of sale lists three slaves, Elizabeth, a 20-year-old woman and her daughter Harriet who was six months old. A third slave Delilah, aged 14, was also included. The three slaves were sold for a total of $493.