Francis Bowling & Clarissa Gardiner v. David Atkins. Letter of Manumission


Bryantown 20 Dec Feby 1827

I recd information from you two or three posts ago, that Matilda was in the family way and no longer of any use to you, and wishing advice, I now authorize you in my name to sett her free and give her all the papers necessary to her manumission and as she has behaved[?] different to what I calculated on I wish to have nothing more to do with her

Richd. B. Gardiner

True copy
Jos H. Bradley

Mr Edward Simmes
Navy Yard