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1 Mr. Edward Yates, a zealous and active friend of the Union cause, in “A letter to the Women of England, on Slavery in the Southern States of America,” founded on personal observation in 1855, gives revolting instances of the brutal handling of delicate and beautiful women, apparently white, by slave-dealers and their customers, in Southern sale-rooms. He adds:
At Richmond and New Orleans, I was present at slave-auctions, and did not see one instance of a married pair being sold together, but, without exception, so far as I was able to learn from the negroes sold by the auctioneers, every grown — up man left a wife and every grown — up woman a husband. * * * I saw Mr. Pulliam (of Richmond) sell, to different buyers, two daughters away from their mother, who was also to be sold. This unfortunate woman was a quadroon; and I shall not soon forget the large tears that started to her eyes as she saw her two children sold away from her.Testimony like this is abundant.
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