Single page autograph document, entirely in ink script. Signed by Richard Leverich, Cornelius Hyatt, and David Van Wickel as witness. Very Good.
Leverich sells his Negro Slave Jack to Hyatt, for $200, for a term of seven years, after which Hyatt must emancipate Jack. This early New York slavery document, obviously of great consequence to Jack, is rather sloppily drawn for such a serious matter. Obviously prepared without the aid of expensive legal counsel, it misspells some words and several lines are crossed out.
The Leverich family were prominent merchants in both the North and the South. The southern branch included New Orleans cotton factors who represented Southern planters shipping goods to New England and Europe. This New York Leverich provided for Jack's future freedom just as the New York Legislature passed a law that would free, in 1827, all slaves born in New York before 1799. Item #36976