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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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was remarkably trim and neat, and her eyes
glanced around the assembly both boldly and
inquiringly. The auctioneer exalted her merits
likewise, and then exclaimed, “How much for this
very likely young girl?” She was soon sold, and,
if I recollect rightly, for three hundred and fifty

After her a young man took his place on the
platform. He was a mulatto, and had a remarkably
good countenance, expressive of gentleness
and refinement. He had been servant in his
former master’s family, had been brought up by him,
was greatly beloved by him, and deserved to be
so—a most excellent young man! He sold for
six hundred dollars.

After this came an elderly woman, who had also
one of those good-natured, excellent countenances
so common among the black population, and
whose demeanor and general appearance showed
that she, too, had been in the service of a good
master, and, having been accustomed to gentle
treatment, had become gentle and happy. All
these slaves, as well as the young girl, who
looked pert rather than good, bore the impression
of having been accustomed to an affectionate
family life.

And now, what was to be their future fate?
How bitterly, if they fell into the hands of the

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