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Valentine, Caleb, 1784-1861 [certifying that two women, Elisabeth and Elisha Bird voluntarily signed a document without being threatened by their husbands]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03769.056 Author/Creator: Valentine, Caleb, 1784-1861 Place Written: New Jersey Type: Autograph document signed Date: 3 May 1828 Pagination: 1 p. ; 20.5 x 16.8 cm.

does not say explicitly what the women agreed to

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