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West, Benjamin (fl. 1810) [Certificate of emancipation for Priscilla a negro woman]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03434.04 Author/Creator: West, Benjamin (fl. 1810) Place Written: Urbanna, Virginia Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 20 January 1810 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 15 x 20 cm. Order a Copy

Certificate stating that Benjamin West, a free negro, has bought the freedom of Priscilla, who will be his wife. "Benjamin West a free negro having purchased a negrowoman named Priscilla...Do hereby liberate and emancipate the said negrowoman Priscilla...On condition the said negrowoman Priscilla is allowed to live with me as a wife during my life and not to be molested or disturbed by any person in authority under the act of assembly in that case made and provided." West signs with his mark. Also signed by Thomas Healy, George Healy, James Handate and Thomas Muse

West, Benjamin, fl. 1810

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