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1855 Texas Clerk’s Record of Court Suit (Sale of a Slave)

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1855 Texas Clerk’s Record of Court Suit (Sale of a Slave)

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This entire account, handwritten by the Clerk of Courts, progresses through a legal squabble between opposing parties in a disputed sale of a slave, cited simply as “Dick.” It seems that in an otherwise “uneventful” 1855 business transaction in antebellum Harris County Texas (Houston), a certain F. M. Johnson sold the slave to parties noted as “Baker & Thompson” through an agent named Sam Ewing (the latter, a name that echoes through the ages to another site of controversy in Texas). It seems that payment was withheld by Baker and Thompson as the slave, purported by the agent to be “sound in body and in mind“, was in fact suffering from a “…desease [sic] called hernia…” The plot thickens, however, when the seller (plaintiff) Johnson sues; the agent’s deposition has been “misplaced”, and he has since “…removed from this state to the state of Alabama…” There are affidavits, drafts, depositions, appeals, court rulings (per Judge P. W. Gray), and continuances all gathering in this dispute. The entire document is written on uniform lined 8″ x 12″ pages. There are seven pages (unexplainably beginning with page “7“), each written on one side only; these pages are all EX or stronger, and the penmanship throughout is clean and entirely legible. All we know in the end is that the suit continued into 1856. This is a splendidly preserved document which is now perfectly maintained in a custom-prepared hinged shadow frame measuring 12″ x 20″ x 2-3/4”.

1855,Record,Uniform  Sam Ewing

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