From the Richmond Whig, 1/1/1863, p. 1, c. 6

“NIGGERS” RISING. – The high prices at which negroes are now selling, publicly and privately, and the extravagant rates of hire demanded for them by owners, and agents – especially the latter, will no doubt cause Sambo and Dinah to esteem themselves more highly than heretofore. A darkey who brings $1,500 considers himself “above” one who only sells for $1,000. The hire, clothing and feeding of a house servant, this year, will cost between five and six hundred dollars. The effect of these high figures, we fear, will be the general adoption of the Yankee system of white servants.

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