1855 Slave Letter of Title

Submitted by Don Dale
This letter is part of a private collection belonging to Mr. Dale. The file may be downloaded for personal, non-commercial use only.

Ferry Service


Tooley's P.O. Concordia Parish
State of Louisiana
12 May 1855

Received of Robert M. Dale the sum of fourteen hundred and fifty dollars in full, for two negroe [sic] slaves, Viz. One a negro man named Joshua aged about 34 years. purchased by me the undersigned May 24th, 1849, from James Cotton, Esq. of the Parish. [?] Pointe Coupee La. As said Cottons bill of  sale of said Slave to me will more fully show. The other a negro woman wife of said slave Joshua, aged about 39 years. Purchased by one the undersigned September 13th 1855 of Wm. Elija  and Wm. Stephen W. McDonald in the City of Jeffer- son near New Orleans La. As this bill of sale  of said negro woman Louisa will more fully set forth. The above named slaves Joshua and Louisa are now and have been in the possession of said Robert M. Dale ever since 1852. I warrent [sic] said Joshua and his wife Louisa to be sound in body mind and slaves for Life. Also I warrent [sic] the Title to them, against all lawful claims whatever, unto Robert M. Dale his heirs or assigns forever.

Given under my hand and Seal this 12th Twelfth day of May AD 1855.
William Dale {seal}