Sale of 56 Negroes Nov. 10, 1838

by Hy Johnson
10th November

Know all men by these presents, that I Thomas F. Mulledy of George Town District of Columbia, have bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain, sell and deliver unto Henry Johnson, of the Parish of St. James, State of Louisiana, Fifty six negroes, to wit: Betty Dorsey 30 years of age, Bernard 15, Lucinda 13, Anne Jones 26, Arnold 9, Louisa 6, Emeline Brown 13, Amanda 10, Elizabeth 8, Billy 6, Harriet Eagline 6, Adeline Campbell 28, Maria 9 months of age, Martha 11, Ginny 6, Catherine 50, Sally 60, Jo: Greenleaf 60, Easther 60, Greenfield 26, Sylvester 22, Emeline 17, Milly 14, Mary 12, Lucinda 10, Ferdinand Hill 21, Harriet 17, Biby Plowden 50, Charlotte 23, July Anne 23, Remus 18, Joseph 11, Elizabeth 8, Ritter 15, Nelly black cook 30, Nelly 17, Lucrecia Hill 17, Susan Plowden 18, Priscilla 8, Kitty Hawkins 28, Elias 1 1/2, Austin 7, Isaac 4, John Brown 35, Trissy West 7, Harriet Anne 5, William 18, Thos. Riley 18, James Blair 14, Henry Johnson 10, Nace Harris 50, Nancy Lee 50, Tom. Dorsey 50, Nelly Harrison 50, John 6, & George Henry 2. - And I do warrant the said Negroes to be slaves for life, and the right and title thereof, I do guaranty unto him the said Henry Johnson, his heirs and assigns for ever, free from the claim or claims of all persons whomsoever.

This sale is made for and in consideration of the sum of twenty seven thousand and fifty seven dollars, for which sum the said Henry Johnson has given his five promisory notes, to wit: - Each note for the sum of nine thousand dollars, payable at George Town College District of Columbia with six per cent per annum interest from the date thereof till paid, the interest to be paid annually in the month of March at the said College, and dated on the tenth of November one thousand eighteen hundred (sic) and thirty eight in favor of Jesse Batey and indorsed by him, payable as follows: one in the month of March one thousand eight hundred and forty five indorsed "I do hereby bind myself as security for the payment of the within note - Jos. Johnson". One in all the month of March, one thousand eight hundred and forty six, indorsed also by Jos. Johnson, in like manner, as security. One in all the month of March, one thousand eight hundred and forty seven, indorsed by Jos. Johnson, in like manner as security; one in all the month of March one thousand eight hundred and forty eight, indorsed by Jos. Johnson, in like manner as security: and one in all the month of March one thousand eight hundred and forty nine, indorsed by Jos. Johnson in like manner, as security. But it is understood that a deduction of three thousand five hundred and Eighty Eight dollars and sixty cents is to be made from each of the said notes, leaving a balance on each of five thousand four hundred and Eleven dollars and forty cents, to be applied to the payment of the said slaves.

Now, therefore to secure the payment of the said notes, I Henry Johnson, do hereby mortgage and hypothegate the said fifty six negroes herein before named, together with their natural increase. And for the purpose of securing more effectually the payment of the said notes, I do also mortgage and hypothegate to the said Thomas F. Mulledy, a certain tract or parcel of lands situate and fronting on the west side of Bayou Maringuoin, in the Parish of Iberville, State of Louisiana, containing twelve hundred and forty five superficial acres, more or less, being the same I purchased from H. M. Thibodaux, and adjoining the lands of Jesse Beaty below, and those of Perry above.

And it is distinctly agreed and understood, that, this act is to be carried into effect according to the laws of Louisiana.

In testimony whereof, the parties to these presents have hereunto subscribed their names, at the City of Washington, this, tenth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty eight in the presence of Wm. McSherry and George Fenwick subscribing witnesses.

It is understood that the correction made in the 26 line of the first page, by inserting the words :fifty seven", and in the 9th line of the second page by inserting the words eighty eight, and in the tenth line by inserting the word "sixty" and in the 12 line by inserting "eleven" "and forty" were made before the signing of these presents. -

Thomas F. Mulledy
H. Johnson
Wm. McSherry
George Fenwick

T No 25 State of Louisiana

I John Dutton Parish judge in and for the Parish of Iberville do hereby certify that the foregoing instrument of writing was on the fourth day of June in the year eighteen hundred and thirty nine recorded in my office in record book T entry Numbered 25 twenty five and that the mortgage therein stipulated was on the same day inscribed on the record of Mortgages of the said Parish.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and public seal this eighth day of June AD 1839.

John Dutton