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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) [Certification of Romeo Smith's status as a freeman]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02929 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph document signed Date: 9 January 1784 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 22.5 x 18.7 cm.

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Summary of Content: Certifies that Smith has served in the army for three years. Writes "Any person attempting to circumvent or trepan him as a slave will incur the severest penalty of the Law and the indignation of Heaven."

Full Transcript: This is the certify that the bearer hereof Romeo Smith is a freeman, and has served three years in the Army of the United States of America. Any person [struck: ...going a] attempting to circumvent or trepan him as a slave will [struck: deserve] [inserted: incur] the severest [struck: punishment] [inserted: penality] of the Law and the indignation of Heaven.
Given at Westpoint
This 9th January 1784
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[docket]
A certificate to Romeo
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: African American HistoryMilitary HistoryRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralContinental ArmyAfrican American TroopsSlaveryMorality and EthicsLawMilitary Law

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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