The price of Negroes keeps up amazingly
Sirs … I should be very glad to be concerned in the African Trade and will be a quarter of the voyage, if you choose it … . I should choose to be insured, and whatever Expence came to my Share more than the slaves sent, I would remit by return of the vessel that bro’t the slaves. The whole of the voyage I leave you to conduct and you may begin to prepare if you please, … [for] the price of Negroes keeps up amazingly.
~ Carter Braxton (1763)