1771 Margret Schuyler Signed Receipt for the Sale of "a Negro Girl"

1771 Margret Schuyler Signed Receipt for the Sale of
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Description: This manuscript document was written in Albany, New York, on May 11, 1771, noting the receipt from "Philip Cuyler for his Daughter Cathalina Sophia Cuyler, her heirs or assigns the sum of Forty Pounds in Full for a negro girl named [Saan?], Sold & delivered."

The receipt was signed by Margret Schuyler (most likely "Madame" Margarita Schuyler (1701-1782), the oldest daughter of Johannes "John" Schuyler (1668-1747). Margret married her cousin, Philippus Schuyler, so her surname remained the same after her marriage. She did not have any children but was a beloved and influential aunt in the large and important Schuyler family of Albany. Philip Cuyler (1733-?) was one of her many nephews, and Cathalina Sophia (1766-1823) one of her great-nieces.

Also signed by William Shepherd and Rynier Visger as witnesses. Written on a single sheet of plain laid writing paper measuring approximately 9" x 8.25" Item #A00850 

Condition: Fold lines, a bit of scattered foxing and staining and minimal chipping at the edges, but very little actual paper loss. In good condition, easy to display and an important record of slavery in Colonial New York.