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Abraham Mendes Seixas (1750-1799). Merchant, magistrate, and slave dealer.
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All so gracious,
Once again does offer
His service pure
For to secure
Money in the coffer.

He has for sale
Some negroes, male,
Will suit full well grooms,
He has likewise
Some of their wives
Can make clean, dirty rooms.

For planting, too,
He has a few
To sell, all for the cash,
Of various price,
To work the rice
Or bring them to the lash.

The young ones true,
If that will do,
May some be had of him
To learn your trade
They may be made
Or bring them to your trim.

The boatman great,
Will you elate
They are so brisk and free;
What e’er you say,
They will obey,
If you buy them of me.

—Excerpt from advertisement in the South Carolina State Gazette, Charleston, September 6, 1794.

Seixas returned to Charleston when the war ended and made a living as a “venue master,” or auctioneer. The city directories alternately describe him as merchant, tallow chandler (candle supplier), and broker. The excerpt of the advertisement above describes the wide variety of goods he handled: Negro slaves, both men and women; land “all o’er the State”; and any articles “of beaux and belles” consigned to him to sell. At the time of his death in April 1799, he was city magistrate, warden of the work house, and president and trustee of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim.
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