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    Four Legal Documents Pertaining to Slaves. An especially fine group as follows:
    Partially printed court case, one page with docketing, 8.5" x 13.75", Decatur County, Georgia, October 31, 1857. Signed by 20 jurors, the case involves over-charging for a ferry ride in violation of state law. The defendant's "servant, a negro man slave" took the money. Light stains, else very good condition.
    Manuscript legal document, one page, 7.5" x 6", Dooley County, Georgia, December 24, 1857. A fascinating oath to enforce prohibition along racial lines. It reads in part, "I William R. Dawson do solemnly swear that I will not during the next twelve months sell barter give or furnish to any slave or slaves or free persons of color any quantity of distilled spirits...". A few small stains, else very good condition.
    Partially printed receipt, one page, 8.25" x 5.5, Columbia, South Carolina, n.d., but 1860s. Here one Henry Glenn documents $1800 received in compensation for a male slave lost to the Confederate Government while being employed on fortifications. Fine condition.
    Sheriff's report of a slave sale. Manuscript document, one page with verso docketing, 7.75" x 10.25", Fayette County, Georgia, April 16, 1864. Three slaves are named as being auctioned in this late war document. A 2" x 1" area of tape bleed-through, else expected aging and very good condition.

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