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Rayland, Thomas (fl.1820) to the Sheriff of Chatham

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: JB00028 Author/Creator: Rayland, Thomas (fl.1820) Place Written: Type: Autograph document signed Date: Pagination: Order a Copy

A printed and autograph document from the State of North Carolina to the Sheriff of Chatham ordering that the sheriff set a sale of 4 enslaved men. The sale is to repay a debt owed to Murdock McKenzie & Co by William Thompson. The amount to be raised is 23 pounds 7 shillings, as well as interest and a further sum of 2 dollars and 2 half cents to pay for the cost of the suit. The money should be kept by the sheriff until Murdo. McKenzie & Co until the next meeting of the court.

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