Mar 25, 2021 - Sale 2562

Sale 2562 - Lot 22

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Certificate of freedom issued in New York. Partly printed document, completed in manuscript and signed twice by Judge Charles Dickinson and once by a witness. One page, 12 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, with docketing on verso; quite worn, split into two fragments, with slight loss of text, moderate dampstaining, mount remnants on verso. New York, 26 April 1811

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This certificate was issued to Anthony Willis, described as "a black man . . . about the age of twenty eight years, and was born at Suffolk County in the State of New York . . . about five feet six inches, has dark eyes and black hair." In this two-part document, Peter Connor testifies that he has known Willis for two years, and that during that time Willis "hath been reputed and considered to be free, and hath continually acted as a free man during the said time, and that the said Anthony was born free." Below, judge and alderman Charles Dickinson certifies "I am of the opinion, and do adjudge that the said Anthony is free according to the laws of this State . . . and that he was born free." The heavy wear to this document suggests that Willis may have carried it on his person at all times for many years.