Mar 29, 2018 - Sale 2471

Sale 2471 - Lot 12

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) A freedom affidavit issued to a Maryland free black man. Manuscript document on one page, 4 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches, docketed on verso "Affidavit . . . filed . . . pass del[ivere]d"; minor foxing. Frederick County, MD, 4 September 1838

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An affidavit by David Harris that "of his own personal knowledge he knows Jefferson Plater the bearer to be born of free parents." This was sworn before a justice of the peace, G.D. Crumbaugh, and then Mr. Plater was able to file it with the court in exchange for the official pass he would be expected to carry. This may be the same man as Jeffrey Plato, a free black laborer aged 70, listed in the 1850 census for Baltimore.