Thursday, October 22, 2009

Northampton County, North Carolina

Act to Emancipate, 1852
An Act to emancipate James Langford, a slave.

Be it enacted by the General assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that James Langford, the property of Jordan Bead, of the county of Northampton, be and he is hereby, with the consent of said owner emancipated and set free, by the name of James Langford, shall hereafter possess and exercise all the rights and privileges which are enjoyed by other free persons of color in this State: Provided, nevertheless that before the said slave shall be emancipated, he shall give bond and good security in the sum of five hundred dollars, payable to the State of North Carolina, conditioned that the said James Langford shall honestly and correctly demean himself, and shall not become a parish charge, which bond shall be approved by the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Northampton County and be deposited in the office of said Court, which bond may be sued upon to the use of the parish, or any person injured by the misconduct of said slave: And provided further, That if the said James Langford shall at any time hereafter remove from the said County of Northaampton, and remain out of said County for the space of thirty days, he shall forfeit his freedom.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly, this 22nd day of December,
1852 A.D. Guy Potts

Citation: North Carolina Archives
Public and Private Laws of North Carolina
Chapter CLXXXII, Page 667