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Letter of Benjamin Chambers to Thomas Ruffin, May 21, 1824


Letter of Benjamin Chambers to Thomas Ruffin, May 21, 1824


This is a letter from Benjamin Chambers to Thomas Ruffin discussing their partnership in a slave trading business. Chambers discusses his business strategy about buying the slaves in Baltimore, due to the city's low prices. This letter is further evidence to give Ruffin reason to protect the slave trade in his controversial decision in State v. Mann six years later.


Benjamin Chambers


Benjamin Chambers to Thomas Ruffin, 21 May 1824, Thomas Ruffin Papers, Collection 641, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.






Halifax County, North Carolina

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Hallowfax Courthouse on May 21st 1824
Judge Thomas Ruffin,
I was anxious to have seen your I past (sic) through N. Carolina, but knowing my Cituation (sic) I thought it best not. I past (sic) my old naborhood (sic) and saw a few of my friends. Stayed two days in the ale of this state W. Mepher told me you wished to see me but I was a feared I might be put to trouble. I have enclosed you a statement or ___ to ___ it, of what I have done but I fear I have not sum it correctly, for I do think I have made more money than appears from my statement. However it is all there and if it is not correctly sum you can make it so any expenses has been great I was convinced they were something more than I expected. I was compelled to take more money from the fund than I wished to do, but I have a ___ able Capital yet if the prices has not ___ too much. I think I shall go directly to Baltimore again, although it is the most expensive place in the world, but the prices are always commonly lower there than any where else. I have been very unwell for three days, so much so. I am not seasonally able to ___ ____. I will write again as soon as I make my stand, informing you what the prospect is, I much conclude as I am very unwell.
I am with Respect yours,
Benjamin Chambers


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