Free Negro Bond for Nicholas
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Know all men by these presents I Nelson Nicholas
as principal and Napoleon Mullikin as his
security are held and firmly bound unto
the State of MifsouriMissouri in the just and full sum
of four hundred dollars that is to say the
said Nicholas in the sum of two hundred
dollars and the said Mullikin in the sum
of two hundred dollars for the true payment
of which we bind ourselves on and
each of our heirs executors administrators
and afsignsassigns jointly & severally, firmly
by these presents sealed with our seals and
dated this second day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty three.

The condition of the above
obligation is such that whereas the said Nelson
Nicholas has this day obtained from the
St Louis county Court a license to remain
here under the provisions of an act of
the General AfsemblyAssembly of the State of MifsouriMissouri
entitled "An Act more effectually to
prevent free persons of color from enter-
ing into this state & for other purposes_ App-
roved the twenty third day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred & forty three. Now if the said
Nelson Nicholas shall be of good
behavior during the continuance of
said license then these presents to be
void else to be and remain in full
force & virtue_

Nelson his x mark Nicholas


Napoleon Mullikin