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Reveal the text of these manuscripts by using the Magic Lens.

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Bill of Sale for slave named Kate

This bill of sale records the purchase by Israel Williams of Hatfield, Massachusetts, of a child named Kate in 1734.

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Complaint against slave Caesar for stealing

This legal complaint against "Cæsar a Labourer & Servant" of Nathaniel Dickinson of Deerfield, Massachusetts, suggests that resistance to slavery in New England took on many forms.

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Bill of sale for slave named Prince

This bill of sale records the transaction that made nine-year-old "Prince" Israel Williams of Deerfield, Massachusetts', "Servant for life."

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Indenture of Sarah Green

This indenture, or contract, between three citizens of Deerfield, Massachusetts, members of the local Overseers of the Poor, and Ebenezer Hinsdale Williams, also of Deerfield, concerns the future welfare of eight-year-old Sarah Green.

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Letter from John Pynchon

The December 1694 letter from John Pynchon (1626-1703) to the secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Council in Boston, describes the situation of the garrison at Deerfield, and warns of the danger of an attack.

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Emancipation Proclamation Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

this is a hand-written document that contains the full text of Lincoln's historic "Emancipation Proclamation" and depicts a portrait of this famous President.


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