The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: April 10

ROSLIN, April 10,1775.
Twenty five likely NEGROES, consisting of men, women, boys, and girls, will be sold at Blandford, on Monday the 1st of May next, to the highest bidders, for ready money, tobacco, or merchants notes payable at the ensuing meeting. CHARLES DUNCAN.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) April 21, 1775

About this entry:

Blandford was a town on the Appomattox River, just east of Petersburg. It was incorporated into Petersburg in 1784. In 1793 Blandford was described as having about 200 houses and "many large stores, and three tobacco warehouses . . . An air of business is visible. The streets are frequently crowded;" Such a place of commerce would have been a likely place for a slave market.

Sources: Scott, p 45-6.

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