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" I hold in my own right shall receive their freedom. To emancipate them during her life would, though earnestly wished by me, be attended with such insuperable difficulties, on account of their intermixture by... "
Hail Columbia, the Flag, and Yankee Doodle Dandy - Page 109
by William Thomas Roberts Saffell - 1864 - 123 pages
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George Washington and Slavery: A Documentary Portrayal

Fritz Hirschfeld - History - 1997 - 256 pages
...instructions for the disposal of his slave property: Item Upon the decease of my wife, it is my Will & desire that all the Slaves which I hold in my own...freedom, — To emancipate them during her life, would, tho' earnestly wished by me, be attended with such insuperable difficulties on account of their intermixture...
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Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery

Charles Johnson, Patricia Smith, WGBH Series Research Team - History - 1999 - 494 pages
...couldn't do in life, he did after his death. Washington's will stated: "Upon the decease of my wife, it is my will and desire that all the slaves which...hold in my own right shall receive their freedom." Martha Washington lived in fear. She was despondent, melancholy, and worried about the conditions of...
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Ancient, Curious, and Famous Wills

Virgil McClure Harris - Law - 1911 - 472 pages
...my decease, to be used and disposed of as she may think proper. "ITEM. Upon the decease of my wife, it is my will and desire that all the Slaves which I hold in my own right shall receive then* freedom. To emancipate them during her life, would, though earnestly wished by me, be attended...
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The Humours of Black Life

et al Rasheed Lumumba Jones - History - 2003 - 360 pages
...last Will & Testament, revoking all others... Upon the decease of my wife, it is my Will & desire that the Slaves which I hold in my own right, shall receive their freedom... And whereas among those who will receive freedom according to this device, there may be some, who from...
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The Character Factor: How We Judge America's Presidents

James P. Pfiffner - Political Science - 2003 - 224 pages
...marriage would remain in her estate. His will provided: Item Upon the decease of my wife, it is my Will & desire that all the Slaves which I hold in my own right, shall receive their freedom ... it not being in my power, under the tenure by which the Dower Negroes are held, to manumit them....
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Reading the Early Republic

Robert A. FERGUSON, Robert A Ferguson - Literary Criticism - 2009 - 370 pages
...vindicate and secure his republican reputation, writing in his own hand, "Upon the decease [of] my wife, it is my Will and desire th[at] all the Slaves which...in [my] own right, shall receive their free[dom]." The form of the devise gave the emancipation provision special prominence; the provision appeared on...
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Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History In ..., Part 3

Jesse Holland - History - 2007 - 216 pages
...to be freed after he and his wife Martha died. His will was specific: "Upon the decease of my wife, it is my Will and desire that all the Slaves which...I hold in my own right shall receive their freedom . . . And I do hereby expressly forbid the Sale, or transportation out of said Commonwealth, of any...
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George Washington for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities

Brandon Marie Miller - Juvenile Nonfiction - 2007 - 144 pages
...during the Revolution. One of the first sections of Washington's will stated that upon Martha's death, "It is my Will and desire that all the Slaves which...hold in my own right, shall receive their freedom." Former slaves too old or sick to support themselves in freedom would be fed and clothed by his estate...
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White House Studies Compendium, Volume 1

Robert W. Watson - History - 2007 - 528 pages
...marriage would remain in her estate. His will provided: Item Upon the decease of my wife, it is my Will & desire that all the Slaves which I hold in my own right, shall receive their freedom... it not being in my power, under the tenure by which the Dower Negroes are held, to manumit them......
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Niles' Weekly Register, Volumes 65-66

1843
...will show. " 'Item — Upon the decease of my wife, it is my will and desire that all the slaves whom I hold in my own right, shall receive their freedom....would, though earnestly wished by me, be attended with such insuperable difficulties, on account of their intermixture by marriage with the dower negroes,...
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