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- Kingsland, Edmund.
1 item (1 leaf)
- Slavery -- New Jersey -- 19th century.
- Bills of sale.
Manuscripts, American -- 19th century.
- Bill of sale, dated 27 September 1806 and signed by Edmund Kingsland, for a 17-year-old African American girl named "Bit," in northern New Jersey. The transaction between Edmund Kingsland of Pequannock and Josiah James of Newarks begins: "To all whome these presents Shall Come Know ye that I Edmund Kingsland . . . have Sold my negro girl Slave and Servant to Josiah James . . . to hold the Same during the Life of my negro Servant and Slave called bit." The price was 75 pounds, York currency. The document is witnessed by Isaac Kingsland. Although New Jersey has abolished slavery by law in 1804, the statute did not free any individuals who were enslaved at the time of its passage. The law freed only children who were born to slave mothers after 4 July 1804, and even those children had to serve as apprentices to their mothers' owners until the age of 21 in the cases of females and until the age of 25 in the cases of males.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Allan G. Chester and Florence K. Chester Fund.
- Sold by Catherine Barnes (Philadelphia, Pa.), 2012.
- James, Josiah.
Allan G. Chester and Florence K. Chester Fund.
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