Slave pass, 1771 October 29-31

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Title

Slave pass, 1771 October 29-31

Subject

Bobb (Coachman)
George (Postillion)
Martin, Jonathan, fl. 1771
Mercer, James, 1736-1793
Slaves--Virginia--Fredericksburg
Permits--Virginia--Fredericksburg--1771

Description

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 hospitality at inns along the way, as was the usual custom; reverse contains account of expenses signed by Jonathan Martin.

Creator

Mercer, James, 1736-1793
Martin, Jonathan, fl. 1771
Oliver, Thomas, fl. 1770-1790

Publisher

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

Date

1771-10-29

Rights

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Format

jpeg

Language

eng

Type

Text

Identifier

MS 1975.1

Document Item Type Metadata

Text

Recto

Permit



Negro Bobb. Coachman & Negro George. Postillion.
Without molestation.

To Pass. from Fredericksburg in Spotsla to James
Mercer Esqr. at Williamsburg. with a Coach and Six Horses.
Commited to there care.
The several inn Keepers whare they may have occation to
Bate. are requested to furnish them with what may be
Needfull. for the Horses & themselves, agreeable to the usual.
Custom of vitualling of Negros on such like Emargencies
Taking care to sett down the Expence on the back of this
Passport. with the Inn Keepers Name. That Mr. Mercer may
Discharge the same on his return.



Ths. Oliver
Stewart to Jas Mercer Esqr.



To
All Concearnd


N. B. they begin there Jurney on the 29th Octr
1771


Verso



Octr 30th, Bobbs Charge with
Jno. Martin

To 6 gallns. oats 3 .9
18 Bundles Fodr. 1 .6
To supper 1 .3
To pastrig 3 .0
To Cydr 1 .0
31st. To Fodr. & oats 2 .10 1/2
  13 .4 1/2

Dr. Mercer Esqr. to Jno. Martin



James Mercer Esqr. Dr


2 Boys Dinners & gill Rum 1 .7 1/2
6 horses oates & forder 3 .9

Doncastle

Original Format

Ink on paper.

Citation

Mercer, James, 1736-1793, Martin, Jonathan, fl. 1771, and Oliver, Thomas, fl. 1770-1790, “Slave pass, 1771 October 29-31,” John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed January 26, 2022, https://rocklib.omeka.net/items/show/69.