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    CHAPTER XXII   Table of Contents     CHAPTER XXIV.

Brown, Josephine
Biography of an American Bondman

- CHAPTER XXIII.

CHAPTER XXIII.



"Ay, fettered not by creed, or clan, or glad, or land, or sea,
You roam through the world of light and life, rejoicing you are free."

In the spring of 1854, a few ladies, personal friends of Mr. Brown, in England, wishing to secure to him the right of returning to the United States at any time that he might feel inclined, without the liability of being arrested as a fugitive slave, negotiated with his old master for the purchase of his freedom. As it may be interesting to the reader to know how an American disposes of his neighbors, we give below the Bill of Sale , called a Deed of Emancipation :--

"Know all men by these presents , That I, Enoch Price, of the city and county of St. Louis and State of Missouri, for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars, to be paid to Joseph Greely, my agent in Boston, Mass., by Miss Ellen Richardson, or her agent, on the delivery of this paper, do emancipate, set free, and liberate from slavery, a mulatto man named Sanford Higgins, alias Wm. Wells Brown, that I purchased of Samuel Willi on the 2d October, 1833. Said Brown is now in the fortieth year of his age, and I do acknowledge that no other person holds any claim on him as a slave but myself.

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"In witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal, this 24th day of April, 1854.

"ENOCH PRICE."

"Witness,

Oliver Harris ,
John A. Hasson."

"State of Missouri, County of St. Louis, s. s.

"In the St. Louis Circuit Court,
April Term, 1854. April 25th.

"Be it remembered, that on this 25th day of April, eighteen hundred and fifty-four, in the open Court, came Enoch Price, who is personally known to the Court to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as a party thereto, and he acknowledged the same to be his act and deed, for the purposes therein mentioned;--which said acknowledgment is entered on the record of the Court of that day.

"In testimony whereof, I hereto set my hand and affix the seal of said Court, at office in the city of St. Louis, the day and year last aforesaid.

"WM. J. HAMMOND, Clerk."

"State of Missouri, County of St. Louis, s. s.

"I, Wm.J. Hammond, Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for the county aforesaid, certify the foregoing to be a true and correct copy of the Deed of Emancipation from Enoch Price to Sanford Higgins, ( alias Wm.

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Wells Brown,) as fully as the same remains in my office.

"In testimony whereof, I hereto set my hand and affix the seal of said Court, at office in the city of St. Louis, this 25th day of April, eighteen hundred and fifty-four.

"WM. J. HAMMOND, Clerk ."

"State of Missouri, County of St. Louis, s. s.

"I, Alexander Hamilton, sole Judge of the Circuit Court within and for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of the State of Missouri, (composed of the County of St. Louis,) certify that William J. Hammond, whose name is subscribed to the foregoing certificate, was at the date thereof, and now is, Clerk of the Circuit Court within and for the County of St. Louis, duly elected and qualified; that his said certificate is in due form of law, and that full faith and credit are and should be given to all such his official acts.

"Given under my hand, at the city of St. Louis, this 26th day of April, eighteen hundred and fifty-four.

"A. HAMILTON, Judge ."

"July 7th, 1854. I have received this day Wm. I. Bowditch's check on the Globe Bank for three hundred dollars, in full for the consideration of the foregoing instrument of emancipation.

"JOSEPH GREELY,
"By Thomas Page's authority."

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The foregoing, reader, is a true copy of the bill of sale by which a democratic, Christian American sells his fellow-countryman for British gold. Let this paper be read and the fact rung in the ears of our nervous negro aristocracy , who are upholding an institution which withers and curses the land, which blasts every thing that it touches, which lies like and incubus on the nation's breast, which overshadows the Genius of the American Revolution, and makes our countrymen the scorn and by-word of the inhabitants of monarchical Europe.

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