Free Negro Bond for Smothers
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Know all men by these presents that we John Smothers
as principal and Robert D Cow
as securities are held and firmly bound unto the
State of MifsouriMissouri in the just and full sum of Two
hundred dollars for the true payment of
of which said sum of money we bind ourselves
our and each of our heirs executors administrators
and afsignsassigns jointly and severally firmly by these
presents sealed with our seals and doth this
first 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
wherever the said John Smothers this day obtained
from the County Court of St. Louis County a license
to remain in the state as a free man of color
of color 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 entering into this state and for other purposes"
approved February the twenty third in the year of
our Lord one thousand eight hundred + forty three
Now if the said John Smothers shall be of good
behavior during the continuance of said leave
then the above obligation to be void else to be
in full force and virtue

John her X mark Smothers


John Decow


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John Smothers
To Bond

State of MifsouriMissouri

Filed May 1st 1843