Posted by Larry R. Reiber on February 13, 2002 at 23:17:10:
I was wondering if someone could give a background/history on a T.H.Porter/Dealer in Slaves. I have come across a set of shackles, with a dual set of chains about 2 feet long each, attached to a large ring. It has the screw type key. And, on a metal button attached to this is the name, T.H.Porter, Dealer in Slaves. In another area is the date 1822 (prior to freeing the slaves here in the U.S.), and two initials - HC. The ingraving on the first part is very clear, and professionally done for its time. The other engraving is also very clear, but more like a hand engraving. Would love to know more. Discovered in a basement of an old home in Williamsport, Pa. Thank you.
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