Item #3318 [Manuscript Document Relating to the Evaluation of a Runaway Female Slave from a Georgia Plantation]. Georgia, Kenan Wright, Slavery.

[Manuscript Document Relating to the Evaluation of a Runaway Female Slave from a Georgia Plantation]

Montgomery County, Ga. October 9, 1828. [2]pp. Old horizontal fold, moderate toning. Very good. Item #3318

A rare legal case dealing with the monetary evaluation of a runaway female slave in Georgia in the late 1820s. The document states the current market value of the woman, along with the value of her annual hiring out to other plantations. The main issue at hand is that the slave's whereabouts were currently unknown. It reads, in most part: "Kenan Wright, the Administrator of John Clarke...as Administrator of the estate he is about to commence an action at law against Johnston McFarland of the said county of Montgomery for the recovery of a certain negro woman named Clarissa that belongs to this deponent as the administrator aforesaid and which he verily and bona fide claims as Administrator aforesaid that the said negro woman is worth the sum of four hundred and fifty dollars and that her hire is worth the sum of fifty dollars per annum and for this that he hath reasons to apprehend that the said negro hath been removed away and will not be forth coming to answer the judgement that shall be rendered in the said case." The document is signed by Wright and the Superior Court judge, William Schley. Court documents treating with runaway or hidden slaves are rare in the market.

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