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1852 Partly-Printed Warren County, Mississippi Tax Receipt – Slaves
1852 Partly-Printed  Warren County, Mississippi Tax Receipt – Slaves

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A partly-printed tax receipt from Warren County, Mississippi. The document opens with the statement that there was “Received of Isaac R Newman /100 Dollars, State, County and School Tax for the year 1851 upon the following lands in Warren County, to~wit: …”, followed by the locations, sizes, and values of two properties, with the assessed tax at the end. Below this is a manuscript listing of several additional items, including “1 watch $75. 1 clock $4. 1 horse $75. 27 slaves”, with the state tax for these being “8.87”. A recapitulation of the breakdown of taxes can be seen at the bottom, listed as “… State Tax, ~ ~ $11.87 … County and Special Tax 11.87 … School Tax …”, with the total tax liability being “48.94”. The name of “S. EDWARDS, Sheriff and Tax Collector, …” is printed at the conclusion, though the document is actually signed by “Sam B Harwood” in his capacity as “Deputy”. The transaction occurred at “Vicksburg” on March 4th 1852, as stated in the lower left corner. A decorative border, with what seems to be a leaf design, appears at the left, while double lines frame the piece at the top and bottom. The back was originally blank, though now it bears numerous manuscript computations and Newman’s name. Printed in black ink on blue paper, with the manuscript additions being accomplished in iron gall ink. An interesting piece that would frame nicely with a period illustration of slaves at work in a field, given that both are referred to in the document.

The presently offered document exhibits signs of period use and subsequent long-term storage. Toning is present throughout the piece, heavier at the edges and along the fold lines. Ink transfer, as well as bleed through, are noted, the former occurring when the document was folded for storage and the latter due to the acidity of the ink and the lower quality of the paper. Numerous folds, both horizontal and vertical, cross this piece, though only the center one has affected the integrity of the paper. Measuring approximately 6.25 x 7.50 inches, this piece would make a great addition to any Mississippi, tax-related, or slavery collection.

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