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Sewell, Samuel Order to search for kidnapped slave signed by Sewall as Chief Justice

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07448 Author/Creator: Sewell, Samuel Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Document signed Date: 3 December 1722 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Order signed by Sewall as Chief Justice of Massachusetts.


Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: Government and Civics, Slavery, African American History, Prisoner

Sub Era: Slavery Religion and the Great Awakening