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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Fort Claiborn

Munro County

Alabama T.[1]



            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)




Wm. Brown





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


[1] Alabama became a state on 1819 December 14.

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