Charles v. Henry Nicholson. Indenture of Charles


This Indenture made this twenty sixth day of August in the Year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and one Between Negro Charles a free Man (late the property of Henry Nicholson of the Town and County of Alexandria in the District of Columbia, who hath this day liberated him) of the one part and the said Henry Nicholson of the other part Witnesseth that the said Negro Man Charles hath; voluntarily of his own free will and accord and by these presents doth; put, place and bind himself unto the said Henry Nicholson for the full and compleat Term of Ten Years from and after the day of the date hereof, to be employed by the said Henry Nicholson in the Town aforesaid as a Labourer in any manner he may think proper; during all which time the said Charles well and faithfully shall serve his said Master, and in all in all things and at all times readily and willingly obey his lawful and reasonable commands. And the said Henry Nicholson doth covenant promise and agree to find and provide for the said Charles, during the whole of the Term aforesaid good and sufficient. [illegible] and apperance.

In Witness whereof the said parties have hereunto set their Hands and Seals the Day Month and Year first above written

Charles his mark (L)
Henry Nicholson (L)

Sealed & Delivered in presence of
Henry Moore
Matthew Sexsmith


Negro Charles
Henry Nicholson


August 26th 1801

for ten years