A bill of sale for an enslaved woman named Margaret who was pregnant at the time of the sale, 1858.
State of South-Carolina.
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, That I
Benjamin D. Lazarus
for and in consideration of the sum of One Thousand Dollars
to me in hand paid, at and before the sealing and delivery of these Presents,
By Francis A. Mitchell
(the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge) have bargained and sold, and by these Presents do bargain, sell and deliver to the said Francis A. Mitchell. A certain female slave named Margaret warranted [some?] and presumed to be in a state of pregnancy
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said: Slave Margaret with her future issue and increase
unto the said Francis A. Mitchell, his
Executors, Administrators, and Assigns to his and their only proper use and behoof forever. And I the said Benjamin D. Lazarus my Executors and Administrators, the said bargained premises unto the said Francis A. Mitchell, his
Executors, Administrators and Assigns, from and against all persons shall and will WARRANT and FOREVER DEFEND by these Presents.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal Dated at Charleston on the 14th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight and in the Eighty third year of the Independence of the United States of America.
Sealed and delivered in the presence of Emma Lazarus.