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Written by:
John French Coffey, born 1826  Search this
Subject of:
Martha A. Briggs, American, born 1830  Search this
James Roberts  Search this
Kennett, Blood & Co., American  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 12 3/8 × 7 7/8 in. (31.4 × 20 cm)
bills of sale
Place made:
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
March 30, 1861
This handwritten deed of sale records the purchase of an enslaved boy aged seventeen named John (born 1844) sold by Martha A. Briggs to James Roberts for $1,150.00 in order to pay off a note of $1,200.00 owed by Briggs to H. S. Blood. The paper is folded along the left side, with the terms of the sale and paying of debt written on the front and interior pages. The final page includes the date, seller, buyer, and name of the enslaved handwritten down the middle. The sale was witnessed and recorded by notary John F. Coffey, whose seal is embossed into the paper near the list of names of original signatures. The seal features a pelican inside a circular frame with the text around the rim reading "J. F. COFFEY NOTARY PUBLIC / PARISH OF ORLEANS".
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African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Domestic slave trade  Search this
Law  Search this
Men  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
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Collection title:
Liljenquist Family Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture