Know all men by these presents, That I Benjamin
Dolbeare of Boston in the County of Suffolk & Province
of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Mercht.
Administrator of the Estate of Nathaniel Loring
of Boston aforesaid Intestate, for & in Consideration of
Fifty Eight pounds . . . . . Lawfull money to me in
hand; at and before the ensealing & delivery of these
presents well and truly paid by Benjamin Williams
of Roxbury in the county aforesaid Yeoman the
receipt whereof to full content and satisfaction is hereby
acknowledged Have, granted bargained and Sold &
by these presents Do Grant bargain sell & confirm
unto the said Benjamin Williams a Negro man
called & known by the name of Boston belonging to sd. Loring's Estate
To have and to Hold the said negro man unto
the said Benjamin Williams his heirs Executors
Administrators & Assignes to his & their own Sole &
proper use benefit & behoof forever, & the said Benja.
Dolbeare in his capasity as Administrator aforesaid
covenant, grant, & agree to, & with the sd. Benja.
Williams his Executors Administrators & assignes
in manner following That is to say that he the
said Benjamin Dolbeare in his capasity as Adminr.
aforesaid, hath full power & lawfull authority
to dispose of the said Negro man in manner as --
aforesaid, and the said Benjamin Dolbeare in
his capasity as Adminr. doth further covenant, grant,
and agree To Warrant & defend the said negro
man from all persons claiming from by, or
under him, in his capasity as Administrator aforesd.
In Witness whereof the said Benjamin Dolbeare
hath hereunto set his hand & seal this Ninth first
day of June 1774 In the thirfourteenth year of His
Majesty s Reign

Benja: Dolbeare

Administrator

Signed Sealed & Delivered
In presence of us
The Rasure in the sixth line, & the words
to said Lorings Estate, between the thirteenth &
fourteenth line from the top, being first made

Chas. Coffin

Wm Williams

Copy

Suffolk ss Boston June 2d. 1774 --

Then the within named Benja. Dolbeare Acknowledged
this Instrument to be his Act & Deed
Before me Belcher Noyes Justice a Peace

[Endorsement]

Benjamin Williams's
Manumission &c &c to Boston
Loring June 2d. 1774 --
[This document is a bill of sale, rather than a manumission, which is a formal release from slavery.]

Bill of sale signed by Benjamin Dolbeare as administrator of the estate of Nathaniel Loring to Benjamin Williams regarding Boston (a slave), 1 June 1774

31.5 cm x 19.5 cm

From the Dolbeare family papers