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Robert M. Barton Letter regarding Slave Purchase

Identifier: MS-2664

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This collection contains a letter, dated October 24, 1847, written by Robert M. Barton to his brother, that consists primarily of information about their family. Barton writes that he will buy, or assist in the buying of, an enslaved person to give to a man named James, whose wife is sick and who is staying at Barton's father's house.


  • 1847 October 24

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0.1 Linear Feet


This collection consists of a letter written by Robert M. Barton of Greeneville, Tenn., on October 24, 1847, to his brother of Readyville, Tenn. He writes that he must buy or assist in the buying of an enslaved person for a friend with a sick wife. The letter also contains family information.

Biographical/Historical Note

No biographical information could be found.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in March 2004.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA