Free Negro Bond for Margaret Bates
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Know all Men by These Presents,
That we, Margaret Bates as prinipal
, and Francis P Poirier as security,
are held and firmly bound unto the State of Missouri, in the just and
full sum of Fivehundred Dollars, lawful money of the
United States, for the payment of which we bind ourselves, our heirs,
executors and administrators, firmly by these presents, sealed with
our seals, and dated this 20th day of April A.D. 1861

The condition of the above Obligation is such, that whereas,the said
Francis B P Bateshas applied to the Board of
County Commissioners of St. Louis County for, and obtained a
license to reside in the State of Missouri, during good behavior:
Now, if the said applicant shall be of good character and behavior
during her residence in the State of Missouri, then this
obligation to be void, else of full force and virtue.

Margaret her X mark Bates



F. B. Poirier


French Mulatto quite dark,
51 years 5 feet 5 1/2 inches. left arm crooked.
keeps drug store.

no charge.

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Margaret Bates
Free Negro

April 20 1861.
S. W. Eager Jr.