The Deed of Gift

On August 1, 1791, Robert Carter III took  legal steps to gradually emancipate more than 500 of his slaves, the largest manumission of slaves by a single individual prior to the American Civil War and the largest number ever manumitted by an individual in the US.  The “Deed of Gift” filed in the Northumberland County courthouse on Sept. 5, 1791.


Full Deed of Gift
Deed Excerpt 1
Deed Excerpt 2


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