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[Legal document transferring a slave woman's ownership]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09345.01 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: 5 February 1762 Pagination:

Legal document from Nausau Island, New York, conveying a "Negro woman called…Candes thirty odd years of age" to Joseph Coles for 65 pounds, from Thomas Smith and John Butler, executors of the estate of Richard Butler.

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