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Livingston, Philip (1716-1778) [Witnessing 200 pound bond for manumission of slave]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03943 Author/Creator: Livingston, Philip (1716-1778) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Document signed Date: 4 May 1757 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Legal document for the posting of a bond for the manumission of the slave Ann. Signed as witnesses by the Aldermen and Justices of the Peace for the City and County of New York: John Cruger, Simon Johnson, Francis Gilpin, Philip Livingston (the Declaration of Independence signer), Leonard Lispenard, and William Coventry. Ann was previously owned by Eve Scurlock, a tavern keeper, who had recently died. Her will freed Ann. John Vanduersen, a cordswain, and Peter Burger, a cooper, paid the bond necessary to manumit her. Posting a bond was a condition of freedom for slaves after the revolt in New York of 1741. Embossed seal of New York at top of recto.

People: Livingston, Philip

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Slavery, Women's History, Freedom and Independence, Manumission, Emancipation

Sub Era: Slavery