1809 Maryland Sheriff Warrant To Arrest A Black Slave For Trespass & Contempt
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1809 Maryland Sheriff Warrant To Arrest A Black Slave For Trespass & Contempt:
An original printed and manuscript completed court warrant directed to the Sheriff of Allegany County, State of Maryland, ordering the arrest of Joseph Crawl, "a black man", and presumably a slave as Maryland was a slave state, for "trespass, contempt and misdemeanor". The Sheriff is also directed to summon "Old Jenny" to testify against Joseph Crawl. She is probably also a slave. Dated October 24, 1809 and signed by John Lynn on behalf of the court, and signed on reverse by Sheriff William Hilleary....Size 6 1/2" x 7 1/2", center fold, handmade rag paper, overall very good condition. An historic Maryland legal document, unusual allowing a black woman to testify in a court of law...Guaranteed original.....$4.00 shipping.
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