KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESEN[TS] THAT I RICHARD B. LEVERICH OF THE TOWNSHIP OF NEWTOWN COUNTY OF QUEENS AND STATE OF NEW YORK IN CONSIDERATION OF THE SUM OF TWO HUNDRED AND TEN DOLLARS TO ME IN HAND PAID BY CORNELIUS HYATT OF THE TOWN AND COUNTY AFORESAID AT AND BEFORE THE SEALING AND DELIVERING OF THESE PRESENCE [sic] THE RECEIPT WHEREOF I DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE TO HAVE BARGAINED AND SOLD A CERTAIN NEGRO MAN NAMED JACK FOR THE TERM OF SEVEN YEARS AT WICH TIME THE SAID CORNELIUS HYATT IS TO MANIMATTE [sic] AND RELEASE THE SAID NEGRO MAN JACK... RECD OF MR. CORNELIUS HYATT MARCH 6TH 1816 OF THE SUM OF TWO HUNDRED AND TEN DOLLARS IN FULL OF ALL DEMANDS FOR A NEGRO MAN NAMED JACK BY ME.

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

Price: $650.00