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Title James Indians answere to his Mr Carrs reasons of appeale [manuscript]: to be delivered to Mr Rawson sect. to be pr[e]sented to ye Court of Assistants, 1672 Mar. 5 [sic]
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Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Legal document containing responses to Mr. Carr’s argument that James, his Indian servant for twenty-one years, should be his servant for life. The document, possibly composed by witnesses William Bradley and Samuel Fellous, argues that there is no proof that James was taken captive in a lawful war. It also argues that James, by his own labor, had already adequately compensated Mr. Carr for his purchase price. Signed with James’ mark, the document was to be presented to the "Court of Assistants," presumably of Virginia.
Names James, Virginia Indian; Bradley, William; Fellous, Samuell
Places Virginia, United States
Keywords slavery, law, court, British Colonialism, British North America
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information James, an Indian, was sold c.1650 in Virginia by a Mr. Hilton to a Mr. Carr. Represented as a captive taken in a lawful war by the seller, James was claimed by Mr. Carr to be subject to servitude for life, as provided in Virginia law.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 446
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue