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- One leaf containing two separately signed documents, both dated February 19, 1803. At top, birth certificate of of Ann Maria Stevenson, born to 'the wife of a free black by the name of Joseph Stevenson' belonging to New York City physician Joshua E. R. Birch. At bottom, certificate indicating Birch's intention to 'abandon' his rights to the child. Addressed to Tunis Wortman, Esq., Clerk of the City and County of New York.
- Birth certificate of Eleanor, born April 9, 1807, to a 'Negro woman Margaret' and her husband Pompey. Includes note that Eleanor was baptised by Reverend Mr. Harris [probably Rev. William Harris] at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery and sponsored by Margaret's owner, widow Christian Marschalk of New York City. In document, Marschalk expresses concern that a certficate had not already been submitted by her attorney, Dirck Ten Broeck [Dirk Tenbroeck], and thus submits a second.