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Rouzee Family, American  Search this
ink on paper
L x W: 4 3/4 x 8 in. (12.1 x 20.3 cm)
business letters
financial records
Place made:
Essex County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
December 22, 1810
This document is from a collection of financial papers related to the plantation operations of several generations of the Rouzee Family in Essex County, Virginia. The papers date from the 1790s through 1860.
This document is an agreement between John Rouzee and John Hirshaw regarding the hire of the enslaved woman Nelly and her children. One side contains Rouzee's letter to Hirshaw requesting they be returned well clothed and stating that Hirshaw will be paid four (4) dollars, which is the balance he is owed for moving the enslaved persons to Culpeper. Rouzee's message is dated December 22, 1810 from Epping Forest. The reverse side contains Hirshaw's written response to Rouzee, dated December 26, 1810, in which he asks for five (5) instead of four (4) dollars from Rouzee. Both sides are handwritten in black ink.
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African American  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
Business  Search this
Children  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Families  Search this
Finance  Search this
Slave hire system  Search this
Slavery  Search this
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Liljenquist Family
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Public domain
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Collection title:
Liljenquist Family Collection
Rouzee Family Papers
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
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National Museum of African American History and Culture