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  • Collection: African Americans, Slavery and the Slave Trade

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In this letter, Nicholas discusses his impending move to Geneva in New York. He mentions his concern that the mill site may flood and the receipt of a survey done by Capt. Baker. Nicholas expresses his desire to send his slaves to New York before his…

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Promissory note of Squire Boone, dated January 27, 1783 from Lincoln County, Virginia (now Kentucky), in which he promises to provide a "Likely Young Country Born Negro man" to Marsham Brashear or the "penal sum of Two hundred pounds Specie ..."…

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Abstract listing the cargo of an unknown slave trader bound for the Windward Coast of Africa, modern Côte d'Ivoire. The trader was most likely from Liverpool as some of the cargo is from Manchester. The cargo consists chiefly of manufactured goods…

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Affidavit of John T. Mitchell of Hanover County Virginia taken by Henry Robinson as Justice of the Peace for Hanover County. Certifies that Mitchell has brought in a slave, Joseph, belonging to Francis Jordan [Jerdone] of Louisa County, Va. Robinson…

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Safe conduct pass for two slaves, "Negro Bobb, coachman & Negro George, postillion", to travel from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Williamsburg "with a coach and six horses". Signed by Mercer's steward, Thomas Oliver. Requests the slaves be afforded…

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Proclamation of Francis Nicholson concerning the pirate Henry King. King attacked the John Hopewell, commanded by Henry Munday, off the coast of Guinea in November, 1699. King had formerly been involved in the Pennsylvania trade. Nine of Munday's…

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Commission of oyer and terminer appointing Charles Carter, John Champe, Samuel Donne, John Triplett, Thomas Jett, Charles Carter Jr., George Washington, Samuel Skinker, Joseph Murdock, William Newton, William Robinson, Thomas Skinker, Anthony…

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A doctor's account (ca. 1821) of the treatment of two slaves for rheumatism terminating in suppuration.

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William Gooch commissions twenty men as justices of oyer and terminer for the trial of Nan, a female slave belonging to Edward McGee of Norfolk County, Virginia.

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Last will and Testament of Joseph Ashlin of Richmond, Va. Ashlin freed his enslaved children, William, Salley, Frances and Cyrus Barrett in his will. The verso contains the judgment of Edmund Randolph that the law requires the children leave the…

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Apprenticeship indenture for Alley Anthony a free African American woman of Norfolk, Virginia. The indenture was arranged by Robert Brough at the request of the court. Anthony, who was 18 at the time, was indentured to Thomas McDorman for a term of 3…

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.Letter of David Bailey to the Friends of Cedar Creek written from Prince George, March 3, 1812. Bailey informs the Meeting that the blacks in the care of Samuel Nixon need to leave the area and that they have expressed a desire to settle in…

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