Forty-dollar promissory note for loan of a slave. Samuel Myers.

Forty-dollar promissory note for loan of a slave

Norfolk: January 9, 1819. Manuscript promissory note, 5¼" x 8"; reading: "The twenty fifth day of December next I promise to pay to Mr. Leslie, on order, forty dollars, being for hire of negro George for the present year & to return said negro with the usual cloathes." Signed by Myers. Old folds, good and legible. Docketed on the verso: "No. 79 No. 6 / Samuel Myers note for 40 dollars / Ro Archy." There are two Samuel Myers' who might have produced this note. Samuel Myers the elder (1755-1836) was a prominent Virginia businessman and one of the first Jews to settle permanently in Richmond He moved with his father to Norfolk where he engaged in an ill-fated business venture with his (distantly related) friend Moses Myers. Samuel Myers the younger (1790-1829) was the son of the above-named Moses Myers. In 1811 he was put on trial for murder after killing a man who had attacked his father on Market Square, and after being acquitted spent time in Europe before returning to the US and settling in Richmond. The Mr. Leslie from the note is likely Captain Henry Leslie, a slave trafficker who used Norfolk as a port. Item #58173

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