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    LOUISIANA LAWSUIT TO RECOVER A STOLEN SLAVE. Unusual 1798 English-Language Louisiana Lawsuit and Bill of Sale.  Handwritten 2-page document (fron and back of one sheet), October 18, 1798, Nouvelle Felicianna, 8.25" x 6.5", being a legal agreement between Gilbert Mills, citizen of the Louisiana Territory, and John Lee, "of the American Republic," in which Lee and his wife agree to give Mills Power of Attorney in order that he can try their suit agains Alexander Freeland before the French Governor of Louisiana in order to recover "...a Negresse known by the name of Pegy the property of the said John and Elizabeth which the said Alexander detains...."  Upon recover, the Lees agree to sell "Pegy" for $300 to Mills, to be paid in "One Hundred Hard Spanish Milled Dollars, a certain Grey horse...for eighty dollars, or other horses or mares to the value of eighty dollars, and the remaining one hundred and twenty dollars to be paid in cotton...."  Since Louisiana, at this time, belonged to France, recovery of a stolen slave would be difficult, as it became a matter of international law, and could take years to resolve.   By empowering a French citizen to act on  their behalf, and then selling the slave to that same individual, the Leses of America could recover their property and sell the slave with the slave having to recross the international border.  Light toning and show-through; a tear in the blank left margin touches one word on verso.  Very rare.

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