James Madison Papers

Agreement with Benjamin Grayson Orr, [27 July] 1801

Agreement with Benjamin Grayson Orr

[27 July 1801]

It is agreed by the parties subscribing vizt. James Madison & Benjn G. Orr, that Plato the slave of the said Orr is to serve the said Madison for five years from this date during which time the said Orr nor any other person in his or any other right but his the said Madisons, Shall exercise any Kind of rights ownership or controul over the said Plato, who is to be & remain for the term of years aforesaid in the service subject to the orders, & under the direction in every respect of the said Madison, as fully & completely as if he was his own Slave & property during his Natural life.

In consideration whereof the said Madison is to pay to the said Orr or to his order within ninety days of this date two hundred & fifty Dollars.

In witness the parties hereunto subscribe their hands & affix their seals. 27th. July 1801. at the City of Washington

James Madison

Benj Grayson Orr1

$250 due 25 octor.

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