Know all men by these presents, that I Joseph Brittain of County aforesd. have bargained and sold to N. Shackelford a Negroe Woman slave Named Lucy for the sum of four hundred and Eighty seven dollars the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge – the right of said Negroe I do warrant and for we defend against any person or persons what we lawfully claiming the same in witness where of I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 23 August 1817.
Joseph Brittain (Seal)
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2012.001, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 April 22
 Alabama became a state on 1819 December 14.