Free Negro Bond for Alexander
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Know all men by these presents that I Alexander
as principal and Thomas Murphy as security
are held and firmly bound unto the state of
MifsouriMissouri in the first and full sum of four hundred
dollars that is to say the said Alexander in this
sum of two hundred dollars and the said
in the sum of two hundred dollars, for
the true payment of which said sum of money
we bind ourselves our and each of our heirs
executors administrators and afsignsassigns
and severally firmly by these presents sealed
with our seals and dated this fourth day of May in the year of our Lord on thou sand eight hundred & forty three

The condition of the above
obligation is such that whereas the said
Alexander has this day obtained from the county
court of St. Louis County a license to remain
in this state under the provision 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 [ to ] this state and for other pur-
poses" approved 23rd February 1843 Now
of the said Alexander shall be of good
behavior during the continuance of
said License then the above obligation
to be void else to be _ remain in full

Alexander X his mark


Thomas Murphy

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To Bond
State MifsouriMissouri
May 4. 1843