Deed of sale for an enslaved man named Cato

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Written by
Lapier, J. P.
Subject of
C. E. Girardy & Co.
Roberts, James
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 9 3/4 × 8 7/8 in. (24.8 × 22.5 cm)
Type
bills of sale
Place used
Jefferson, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Pointe Coupee, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Date
April 28, 1859
Description
This deed of sale has pre-printed and handwritten text that records the purchase of an enslaved man named Cato (born 1819) sold by J. P. Lapier of Pointe Coupee, Louisiana, an agent for C. E. Girardy & Co. to James Roberts of Jefferson City, Louisiana, for $800.00 on April 28, 1859. Cato is described as being around forty years of age and was "sold as having run away." The paper is folded in half along the left side with the reverse of the open sheet (interior pages when folded) blank. On the back of the folded page is handwritten text in ink identifying the date, seller, buyer, and enslaved person.
Topic
African American
Business
Domestic slave trade
Law
Men
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
Object number
2015.222.4
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
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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