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Collection Reference Number GLC06147
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1786 
Title Certificate of freedom for Peter, a free Negro
Date 1 December 1786
Author Champion, Richard (1743-1791)  
Document Type Legal document
Content Description Written by Champion for the Court of Common Pleas in Camden County held on 27 November 1786. Document certifies the freedom "of the Negro Peter lately claimed by William Massey." It states that Peter "hath been adjudged a free Man and ... he shall be deemed held and taken as a free Man during his Life." Document was witnessed, but not signed by, Henry Pendleton, an associate justice of the state. Red wax seal is extant on bottom of recto.
Subjects Freemen  African American History  Judiciary  Slavery  
People Champion, Richard (1743-1791)  
Place written Camden, South Carolina
Theme Slavery & Abolition; African Americans
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Champion was a British porcelain merchant who moved to a plantation in South Carolina in 1784.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859