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This is a legal document created by Caleb O. Halsed. It was an agreement to Manumit an Enslaved Woman named Jude, after ten years of service. It stated that the contract was not binding "unless the servant woman faithfully fulfills" her part. It was signed by Silvanus Peirson on June 2, 1817. This document is missing the section with Halsted's signature. The Bill of Sale between Halsed and Samuel Downer for Jude was created the same day.

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The Liberty Hall Collection consists of the correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and other manuscript material of the Livingston and Kean families, dated from 1739-1847. The bulk of the collection is related to Susan Livingston Kean Niemcewicz (1759-1833). The Livingston and Kean families frequently corresponded and held accounts with other wealthy, prominent, colonial, and early American families in New Jersey, especially Elizabeth-Town, Philadelphia, New York City, upstate New York, England, France, and Poland. A small portion of the collection includes correspondence with early Virginia families, unrelated to the Livingston and Kean families. The collection includes second-hand accounts of enslaved people who were owned by the Kean and other families, offering a glimpse into their forced work and places of residence.

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Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 4


This collection is open to the public for research use. Copyright remains with Kean University. Credit this material. Personal photographs may be made for research purposes. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Lynette Zimmerman, Executive Director at the Liberty Hall Academic Center & Exhibition Hall at

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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Agreement of Caleb O. Halsted to Manumit Jude, May 19, 1817


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