Agreement regarding hiring of enslaved woman Nelly and her children

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Owned by
Rouzee Family, American
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
L x W: 4 3/4 x 8 in. (12.1 x 20.3 cm)
Type
business letters
financial records
agreements
Place made
Essex County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date
December 22, 1810
Caption
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.
Description
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.
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
Topic
African American
Agriculture
Business
Children
Clothing and dress
Families
Finance
Slave hire system
Slavery
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Liljenquist Family
Object number
2011.104.27
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
Portfolio/Series
Rouzee Family Papers
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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