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Israel E. Trask Collection
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Mss 899 1807-1861 T775
Boxes 1 and 2

Israel Trask owned a cotton plantation in Natchez, Mississippi. His papers include lists of slaves living on the Trask plantation, as well as accounts, bills, and receipts belonging to Mrs. Elizabeth Trask.

The collection contains lists of the names of slaves on the River Plantation and on the La Grange plantation. There are also typed transcripts of Trask's letters to and from his family in Massachusetts describing life on the plantation. The originals are at Amherst College. They include many references to the slaves who worked at the plantation. Two of the slaves, Caesar and Lucy, were sent north to work for the family in Brimfield, Massachusetts. A letter from J. L. Trask, written on October 4, 1828, mentions Lucy claiming her freedom, although later correspondence suggests that she did not leave the family. Caesar, however, did claim his freedom and left.

The collection also includes accounts, bills, and receipts belonging to Mrs. Elizabeth Trask. Most of the materials relate to the estate of her husband, as well as to investments and the sale of land.

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