Thomas Jefferson Papers

Power of Attorney for Phillip Thomas Baker, 10 July 1804

To all whom these presents may come.—Know ye that I have empowered and by these presents constitute, ordain and appoint my Son Philip Thomas Baker my lawful attorney in fact to sell, convey, and lawfully make over to any person, my Negro Man John now in the service of the President of the United States; for and during the term of Eleven years from the day he shall be sold and no longer; and my said attorney is authorized and required to enter into such covenant with The purchaser as shall secure to the said Negro John his emancipation at the expiration of eleven years aforementioned. And my said attorney is hereby empowered to do all things in the premises which I might or could do was I personally present. given under my hand Seal this tenth day of July 1804

Wm: Baker

Witness Mary Hoxton

DLC: Carter G. Woodson Collection.

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