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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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with a gloomy expression, and probably wished that
they could send me to the North Pole.

Two gentlemen hastily entered; one of them,
a tall, stout man, with a gay and good-tempered
aspect, mevidently a bon vivant, ascended the
auction platform. I was told that he was an Englishman,
and I can believe it from his blooming complexion,
which was not American. He came
apparently from a good breakfast, and he seemed
to be actively employed in swallowing his last
mouthful. He took the auctioneer’s hammer in
his hand, and addressed the assembly much as
follows: “The slaves which I now have to sell,
for what price I can get, are a few home-slaves,
all the property of one master. This gentleman
having given his bond for a friend who afterward
became bankrupt, has been obliged to meet his
responsibilities by parting with his faithful
servants. These slaves are thus sold, not in
consequence of any faults which they possess, or for any
deficiencies. They are all faithful and excellent
servants, and nothing but hard necessity would
have compelled their master to part with them.
They are worth the highest price, and he who
purchases them may be sure that he increases the
prosperity of his family.”

After this he beckoned to a woman among the
blacks to come forward, and he gave her his hand

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