Mar 27, 2014 - Sale 2342

Sale 2342 - Lot 22

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--MARYLAND.) Manuscript 'pass' for Harriet Lawson, a free Negro woman, to visit her husband, Caleb. Single sheet of paper 4-7/8 x 7-7/8 inches, worn at one corner with no noticeable loss of text; notes in pencil on reverse with docket. (WGC) Frederick County MD, 1832

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Following the Nat Turner rebellion of 1831, Maryland instituted some of the most draconian laws in the entire South regarding slaves and free blacks. The latter were not allowed to travel freely, even locally without a pass. If they left the state to visit, free blacks were not allowed to return etc. Harriet, who might have been able to freely visit her husband elsewhere, needed something akin to a passport to do so here.