Mar 27, 2014 - Sale 2342

Sale 2342 - Lot 2

Price Realized: $ 2,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--JAMAICA.) Large vellum deed for the transfer of real estate and seventy slaves, of William Nedham Esq., formerly of Jamaica, presently of London, to Edward Morant Esq. of Southampton. Large, single sheet of vellum, 31 x 25-1/2 inches, folded, as is usual with blue tax stamps and two red wax seals on green cloth tags; docketed. Outer portion of the vellum a bit dusty, internally quite fresh; small hole at the conjunction of the folds, with no serious loss of text. Rio Mino in Vere Parish 4 June, 1771

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an early deed listing every slave by name, like "Old Quamino," and in many cases indicating family members, such as "Lutinda's Quatibba." The Nedham family was one of Jamaica's oldest, established after the conquest of the island from the Spaniards during Cromwell's time. Edward Morant, also a member of an old line Jamaican family, was proprietor of many estates on the island, and from where various parts of that island take the family name; such as Morant River.