Joseph Bruin was a slave dealer, who formed firm Bruin & Hill in Alexandria with Henry P. Hill.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Letter, Joseph Bruin to John Augustine Washington III, 1845 August 8
Item — Box 66, Folder: 1845.08.08
Scope and Contents Letter from Alexandria slave dealer Joseph Bruin of the firm Bruin and Hill to John Augustine Washington III regarding an enslaved man named Gabriel who escaped from Mount Vernon and is now being held at Bruin's Slave Jail. Bruin writes, "I have to inform you of what I am willing to pay for your man now in my Jail we will give you $565 neat for him at this time if the prices should improve we are willing to pay what ever the prices may be but when you come down I am inclined to think we...
Dates: 1845 August 8
Letter, Noblet Herbert to John Augustine Washington III, 1845 February 11
Item — Box 66, Folder: 1845.02.11
Scope and Contents
Autograph letter signed. Leesburg. N. Herbert, a cousin of John Augustine, writes about Alfred, an enslaved man who escaped from Mount Vernon and voluntarily surrendered himself to the Loudon County Jail in Leesburg. Herbert writes that slave traders Joseph Bruin of Alexandria and William Bale of Exeter were inquiring about Alfred but recommends that Augustine keep him.
Dates: 1845 February 11