Free Negro Bond for Johnson
   
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Know all men by these presents that we
Charles Johnson as principal and Henry Von Phul
as security are held and firmly bound unto the state
of MifsouriMissouri in the full and just sum two hundred
dollars each for the true payment of which sum of money
we bind our heirs, executors, administrators and
afsignsassigns jointly and severally by these presents sealed
with our seals and dated thistwenty fifth day of June in the eighteen hundred and forty three

The condition of this obligation is such that
whereas Charles Johnson has this day obtained from
the County court of St. Louis County a license to
remain in this state as a free man of color
under the provisions of an act entitled "An act
more effectually to prevent free persons of colour
from entering into this state and other purposes"
approved 23rd February 1843

Now the condition of this bond is such that
if the said Charles Johnson shall be of good behavior
during the continuance of said license then the
above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in
full force and virtue.

Done in presence of
(The word "each in the 5th line from the
top interlined before the execution of this
bond_

Teste

Henry J. Wise

Charles his X mark Johnson

Seal

A Von Phul

Seal
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Charles Johnson
To Bond
State of MifsouriMissouri
June 27. 1843