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Manumission of John Dickinson's Slaves
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May 12, 1777-March 27, 1779

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clear from any Claim pretence or Demand of Servitude to be made by Me my Executors Administrators or Assigns, But, if I my Executors Administrators or Assigns shall maintain any such Child from its Infancy untill it becomes capable of performing Service, to which Maintenance I hereby bind myself my Executors Administrators and Assigns as long as I or any of them shall keep the Mother of such Child in Service, in such Case every such Child so maintained, and also taught to read and write before the age of ten Years, shall serve Me my Executors Administrators and Assigns as long as the Mother of such Child shall be kept in Service as aforesaid, In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this twelfth Day of May in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and seventy seven
John Dickinson's seal
Sealed & Delivered in the Presence of Us
In like Manner I manumit & set free Pompey and Priscilla his Wife, and their Child Nancy, and any other Children they may have— Witness my Hand & Seal this twenty seventh Day of March in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred & seventy nine
John Dickinson
ack[owledge]d. by J[ohn] Dickinson Esq[ui]r[e] [At?] an adjourned Court 28th August 1777 James Sykes Prot[honotary]
Kent County sst. Recorded in the Rolls Office at Dover in Kent County aforsd. In Book W. folio 96. In Testimony whereof I have caused the Seal of the Said Office to be hereunto affixed the Seventeenth day of October Anno Domini 1777..—
Caesar Rodney Reco[rde]r.
Kent County ss Be it Remembered that the Within named John Dickinson Esq[ui]r[e]. came into the Adjourned Court of Common Pleas held at Dover in and for Kent County on Delaware the twenty-eighth Day of August An in the year of our Lord one thousand Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Seven, and then, & there did Acknowledge the within Deed Instrument of Writing to be his Act and Deed. In Testimony whereof I have Caused the Public Seal of Kent County af[ore]s[ai]d. to be hereunto Affixed.
James Sykes Proth[honotar]y.
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Manumission of John Dickinson's Slaves
Dickinson, John, 1732-1808
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
R. R. Logan Collection of John Dickinson Papers (Collection 383)
Box 5, folder 19