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    [Slavery] Ledger Belonging to George Chapman Containing Copies of all Wills, Deeds, and Sale Transactions Pertaining to His Property Holdings, Including Slaves. Approximately 300 pages, 7.5" x 9.5", bound in leather. At front: "Record Book of Land Papers developing his title to Lands (with their plots) annexed and other records Belonging to George Chapman 1800". The ledger contains dozens of indentures dating back to the late 17th Century for land that the Chapman family was accumulating. In making a complete accounting of his property, the ledger includes listings of slaves associated to specific tracts of lands. For example, page "149" has written across the top: "Negroes at Pomonky divided between G & Jno Chapman." The facing page ("150") has a similar assignation for the "Negroes at Meadowville". The two pages contain the names of 62 men, women and children listing their ages, and the name of their mothers. Each slave has been assigned a set of initials, indicating to whom they belonged as part of the agreement reached between the Chapmans.

    Page number "297" contains fair copies of an affidavit regarding Chapman's "importation" of slaves into the state of Virginia, dated July 7, 1804: "I George Chapman Jun., do swear that my removal into the state of Virginia, was with no intent of Evading the Law for the further importation of Slave, nor have I brought with me any Slaves, which I have brought with me, been imported from Africa, or any of the West India Islands since the first day of November, one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight. So help me God." The next two pages contain a listing of the slaves Chapman "wishes to remove to Virginia", and includes the names, ages, physical descriptions, and mother's names, of nineteen slaves. The slaves include, "John the Baptist, is a male child, not twelve months old (not christened)." Although the importation of slaves would not be outlawed until 1808, Chapman is trying to establish that he does not have to pay taxes for the slaves he is bringing to Virginia from Maryland. Much more good content.

    Laid in to the ledger are two pages, the first containing a deposition related to a legal claim involving land, and the second containing a series of land transactions believed to be in Chapman's own hand. The binding of the ledger has heavy wear, with cracked joints and portions of the spine detached. Interior pages are toned, but clean and very legible.


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    April, 2011
    8th-9th Friday-Saturday
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