In the letter Witherington discusses the upcoming trial of one of his slaves. He feels the matter has not been handled fairly, and he asks Dellet for help: "Sir if there is not a stop put to it by some person which has more knowledge about things...
Hicklin purchased the slave, a thirteen-year-old young woman named Martha, for $700. The transaction was handled by Eckles and Brown at the Lee and Norton auction house, located on the west side of Court Square in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.
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