This text is a newspaper article from page 4 of the Western Carolinian, a North Carolina paper, dated July 4, 1826.
John A. Chaffin
Grade Level

This text is part of the Teaching Hard History Text Library and aligns with Key Concept 4.


Will be sold, without reserve, on the premises of the subscriber, on the 14th and 15th of July next, two tracts of Land, one called the Bryan tract, adjoining John Dismukes and others, containing 26, or 280 acres; the other called the Mill tract, containing 103½ acres.

The above two tracts of Land are equal to any in the county. Several very likely and valuable negroes, consisting of men, women, boys and girls; horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, one yoke steers, wagons, smith and farming tools; corn, rye, wheat, and oats... Also, I will sell the tract of land where I now reside, or rent for a term of years. Any of the above property will be sold privately, by applying before the day of sale.  

Terms of credit for land, 6, 12, 18 and 24 month; negroes; 6, 9 and 12 months; bonds and good security will be required. 

John A. Chaffin

May 27, 1826. 

This text is in the public domain. Retrieved from http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15016coll1/id/18794/rec/120.
Text Dependent Questions
  1. Question
    What are the names of the two plots of land for sale?
    The plots are called the Bryan Tract and Mill Tract.
  2. Question
    Chaffin considers everything he is selling to be what?
    He considers everything to be private property.
  3. Question
    What four grains will be available for sale? What other types of “property” are being sold?
    The grains are rye, corn, wheat and oats; the other property is livestock, farm tools and enslaved people.
  4. Question
    Why might the terms of credit for land be different from the terms of credit for enslaved people?
    Answers may vary and may include that land carries no risk of running away or being unable to perform; therefore, you can have longer to pay it off.
  5. Question
    Think about contemporary ads for sales. What enticing language does this advertisement use?
    The words “likely” and “valuable” are used to describe the people mentioned in this ad.
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