W.E. Rühmann
15 August 1863

Rich? What do you mean?

You think I am rich? Yes, I owned over 800 slaves and for each healthy slave I received 300 guilders. Unfortunately, I am in debt with the bank and from now on I have to pay the plantation workers’ wages. Do the math !

W.E. Rühmann


[On this bill of exchange you can read that
a female plantation owner on Curaçao received 1600 guilders as compensation because of the abolition of slavery.]


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