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    Henry Clay Autograph Slave Hire Document Signed "H Clay." One page, 8" x 3.75", Lexington, Kentucky, January 1, 1846. The document reads in full:

    "On or before the 1st day of January 1847 I promise to pay to Spencer Graves...twenty dollars for the hire of negro man named Moses - the ensuing year, and bind myself to furnish him the customary clothing to pay his tax and doctors [sic] bills. If the negro dies during the year the said fine is to be paid is to be paid in proportion to the time he serves only." The word "Paid" and a crude "X" appear in the center of the document.

    With some minor chipping along the edges, mild toning and old fold creases, else fine.


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    October, 2013
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