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Bond of Louisa Ross with the Common Council of Alexandria(1822 May 9)

  • MS 2008.12
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Bond of Louisa Ross and Davis Bowie with the Common Council of Alexandria, Virginia. The bond was required pursuant to an act of the council regarding slaves, free negroes, and mulattoes. This law required free negroes and mulattoes to post bond with good and sufficient security for fifty dollars to guarantee their “good, peaceable, and honest conduct, during their residence” in Alexandria. The bond was meant to guarantee the good behaviour of Louisa Ross.



Know all men by these presents, That we, Louisa Ross
& Davis Bowie—
are held and firmly bound unto
the Common Council of Alexandria, in the just and full sum of fifty dollars, current
money of the United States. To which payment, well and truly to be made, we bind
ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators, firmly by these presents. Sealed
with our seals, and dated this 9— day of May 1822.

The condition of the above obligation is such, That
whereas, by an act of the Common Council of Alexandria, entitled “An act to amend
an act entitled an act concerning slaves, free negroes and mulattoes, and for other
purposes,” it is made the duty of the mayor to require from all free negroes, and
mulattoes, bonds, with good and sufficient security, in the sum of fifty dollars, condi-
tioned for the good, peaceable, and honest conduct, during their residence in the
aforesaid corporation. Now if the aforesaid Louisa Ross— shall
conform to the requisitions of the said law, then the above obligation to be void, else
to remain in full force and virtue in law.

Given under our hands and seals, at Alexandria, this 9th day of
May— 1822

Davis Bowie

Louisa (her X mark) Ross
Davis Bowie

J.H. Broden

Rounsavell & Pittman, Printers.


Louisa Ross
the Common