Free Negro Bond for Bond
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Know all men by these presents that we
John Draper and Thomas Clarkson are held
& firmly bound, unto the State of MifsouriMissouri
in the sum of two hundred dollars
for the true payment of which sum
we bind ourselves, our heirs, Executors + admin
istrators firmly by these presents Sealed with our
Seals and dated this 3rd day
of May in the year of our Lord

Now the condition of this above obligation
is such that whereas the County Court for the
County of Saint Louis & State MifsouriMissouri has
this day granted to the said John Draper
a free man of Color, a license to reside
in the State of MifsouriMissouri . Now if the said
John Draper shall properly [ dimean ] himself
and continence & be of good behaviour, then
this obligation to be null & void, otherwise to
remain in full force & virtue


Henry P. Wise

John his X mark Draper


Thos. Clarkson

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John Draper
To Bond

The State of MifsouriMissouri

May 3rd 1843