North Carolina Slave Document 1859. Rental Of Slave From Minor Heirs. For SaleNorth Carolina Slave Document 1859. Rental of slave from minor heirs.
Rental agreement written on medium weight blue letter stock. Roughly 6" x 7". Some edge pieces missing, but overall legible and mostly complete. I have included the text as interpreted by me. Some words are clipped or missing and some I could not make out 100% but the overall interpretation is accurate.
Note that there is an old repair in the center that also has some writing on it of related to another financial transaction. Likely a piece torn from a ledger and affixed to this document to affect a repair. Judging from the date of the information on this strip of repair medium, the repair was post 1870, although it is hard to say how long past this date. Other marks are seen on the reverse, most of which are obliterated; redacted at some point no doubt to obfuscate the name(s) of the attorneys responsible for managing the affairs of former slave owners.
All in all a relatively rare person-to-person slave rental agreement. All the more rare for involving minor heirs by proxy.
Twelve months after date we jointly and severely promise to pay Martha Williams guardian to the minor heirs of (Jos) Williams (Sr) twenty seven dollars for the hire of Negro Rachel for twelve months from the date hereof we also covenant with the said Martha Williams to feed and cl---…. negro well and return at the expiration….ime of hire with a good suit of warm…clothes hats shoes and blanket. We also cove…. and agree with the said Martha Williams not to carry said negro out of the state of North Carolina and in case of breach of this covenant … to pay double the value of said negro. Witness our…
Thos W Basden
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