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Carter, Robert (1728-1804) [Manumission of a slave]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02448.04 Author/Creator: Carter, Robert (1728-1804) Place Written: Westmoreland County, Virginia Type: Document signed Date: 1 August 1791-2 January 1792 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Appears to be a copy dated 2 January 1792, of a document written on 1 August 1791. Note at bottom signed by Thomas Edwards on 2 January 1792 says "An extract from the Deed recorded in the Northumberland District Court." Document says that Carter was using the 1782 Virginia emancipation act to "emancipate from slavery Sampson at Aquarius in Frederick County aged twentyone years."


Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Emancipation, Manumission, Slavery, Law, US Constitution, Religion

Sub Era: The Early Republic