Free Negro Bond for Catharine Bates
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Know all Men by These Presents, That we,
Catharine Bates as prinipal, and
Charles FryE. StilwellHenry Johnson as securities,
are held and firmly bound unto the State of Missouri, in the just and
full sum of Tenhundred Dollars, lawful money of the
United State, for the payment of which we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors
and administrators, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and
dated this 3rd day of March A.D. 1847

The condition of the above Obligation is such, that whereas, the said
Catherine Bates has applied to the County Court
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.

Witness

Alphonso Witmore


Catharine her X mark Bates

L.S.

Henry K

L.S.

Stilwell

L.S.
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Catharine Bates
5 1 1/4 age 22. yr
chamber maid
Filed 3rd March 1847