Bond of Louisa Ross with the Common Council of Alexandria, Virginia, 1822 May 9

Title

Bond of Louisa Ross with the Common Council of Alexandria, Virginia, 1822 May 9

Subject

Free African Americans--Virginia--Alexandria
Free African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc.--Virginia--Alexandria.

Description

Bond of Louisa Ross and Davis Bowie with the Common Council of Alexandria. The bond was required pursuant to an act of the council regarding slaves, free negroes, and mulattoes. This law required free negroes and mulattoes to post bond with good and sufficient security for fifty dollars to guarantee their "good, peaceable, and honest conduct, during their residence" in Alexandria. The bond was meant to guarantee the good behaviour of Louisa Ross.

Creator

Ross, Louisa
Davis, Bowie
Alexandria (Va.). Common Council

Publisher

Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Date

1822

Rights

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Format

jpeg

Language

eng

Type

Text

Identifier

MS 2008.12

Text

Recto


Know all men by these presents, That we, Louisa Ross
& Davis Bowie are held and firmly bound unto
the Common Council of Alexandria, in the just and full sum of fifty dollars, current
money of the United States. To which payment, well and truly to be made, we bind
ourselves, our heirs, and administrators, firmly by these presents. Sealed
with our seals, and dated this 9 day of May 1822.


The condition of the obligation is such, That
whereas, by an act of the Common Council of Alexandria, entitled "An act to amend
an act entitled an act concerning slaves, free negroes and mulattoes, and for other
purposes," it is made the duty of the mayor to require from all free negroes, and
mulattoes, bonds, with good and sufficient security, in the sum of fifty dollars, condi-
tioned for their good, peaceable, and honest conduct, during their residence in the
aforesaid corporation. Now if the aforesaid Louisa Ross shall
conform to the requisitions of the said law, then the above obligation to be void, else
to remain in full force and virtue in law.

Given under our hands and seals, at Alexandria, this 9th day of
May 1822


Test,
Davis Bowie Louisa her mark Ross
Witness
J. H. Beoden Davis Bowie

Rounsavell & Pittman, Printers.


Verso


Bond
Louisa Ross
to
The Common
Council
1822
$50

Original Format

Ink on paper

Files

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Citation

Ross, Louisa, Davis, Bowie, and Alexandria (Va.). Common Council, “Bond of Louisa Ross with the Common Council of Alexandria, Virginia, 1822 May 9,” John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed October 18, 2018, https://rocklib.omeka.net/items/show/437.