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     MANUSCRIPTS and ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

enslaved persons

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Bill of sale of Jean Baptiste

 Collection — Box BW 30, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS-16481
Content Description This collection contains the 1798 bill of sale for an eight year old Creole boy named Jean Baptiste from Port-au-Prince on the Caribbean island of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti). It was written by the Bordeaux-born merchant Arnaud André Robertjot Lartigue (1740-1826) to a " Monsieur Grandidier". It is a single sheet of paper consisting of eleven lines of french detailing the transaction of enslavement including the name and age of the boy and the price of sale of a hundred livre.
Dates: 1798-03-03

Bill of sale of Jean Baptiste

 Unprocessed
Identifier: ViU-2021-0033

George Washington Lewis papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 16413
Content Description The George Washington Lewis papers consists chiefly of correspondence to and from George Washington Lewis and between other family members, but also includes a few photographs of the Lewis family and the homes of "Claymont", "Shellfield" and "Marmion"; a plat of "Claymont"; newsclippings; notes on Lewis family history and genealogy; and a few financial and legal documents.
Dates: Majority of material found in 1805-1906, 1966

Virgil Maxwell Ward letters

 Collection — Folder 1
Identifier: MSS 16678
Content Description This collection contains four letters from a formerly enslaved person, Virgil M. Ward to his former Philadelphia employer, Edward Morris Davis, referred to as "Dear Friend " in the letters. Ward was born in Virginia in 1827, and it is unknown how he escaped enslavement. He worked in Philadelphia for Davis at $15.00 per month from April 1st, 1855 to April 13th, 1857. He moved to Ypsilanti, then Canada, and finally to Michigan. The letters are from the year 1860. The first letter is...
Dates: October 25, 1860 - December 16, 1860.