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Letter to Reverend David Selden from his son David Selden

Smithsonian Institution,


This letter was written from Charleston, South Carolina, on March 5, 1800, by David Selden to his parents in Chatham, Connecticut. Selden lists several cities he has recently traveled to including New York and Philadelphia, with future destinations including Georgetown and Georgia. After describing the weather and spring blossoms of Charleston, Selden writes, "I cannot but reflect on the awfull sight to be seen at a place called Gadsdens wharf of about four thousand poor africans naked/in a manner/ and lousy[.] The most distressing sight I ever beheld offered for sale every day at Auction to him who will give the most." The letter is posted specifically to his father Reverend David Selden of Chatham, Connecticut, but the salutation reads "Dear parents".
Medium: ink on paper
Dimensions: H x W (folded): 9 15/16 × 7 7/8 in. (25.2 × 20 cm) ; H x W (unfolded): 9 15/16 × 15 5/8 in. (25.2 × 39.7 cm)
Object number: 2014.174.2
Credit Line: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Written by: David Selden, American, born 1785
Received by: Rev. David Selden, American, 1761 - 1825
Place: Charleston, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America | Chatham, East Hampton, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States, North and Central America
Data Source: National Museum of African American History and Culture


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Scienze umane / Storia / Storia: specifici eventi e argomenti / Schiavitù e abolizione della schiavitù /
Società e scienze sociali / Società e cultura / Gruppi sociali / Studi etnografici / Minoranze etniche e multiculturalismo
PAESI : Sud Carolina / USA (Stati Uniti d'America) / Connecticut / USA (Stati Uniti d'America)
TAG : tag: Letters (correspondence) , African American , Africa , American South , business , correspondence , Middle Passage , Slavery , Trans Atlantic slave trade , United States--History--1783-1815 , urban life