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Receipt from Henry Ward to Otis Baker for sale of Cato (a slave), 6 December 1763

Receipt from Henry Ward to Otis Baker for sale of Cato (a slave), 6 December 1763

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    This is a bill of sale from Henry Ward to Otis Baker for a slave boy named Cato, 6 December 1763. Over thirteen years later Baker manumitted Cato: on the verso is a certificate for the discharge and freedom of the former slave, 4 June 1777, signed by Otis Baker and witnessed by Jeremy Belknap, the founder of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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