Know all men by these presents that I Edgar A Poe agent for Maria Clemm of Baltimore City and county and State of Maryland, for and in consideration of the sum of forty dollars in hand paid by Henry Ridgway of Baltimore City at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained and sold and by these presents do grant[,] bargain and sell unto the said Henry Ridgway his executors, administrators and assigns, a negro man named Edwin aged twenty one years on the first day of March next to serve until he shall arrive at the age of thirty years & no longer. To Have and to hold all and singular the said negro man above bargained and sold or mentioned or intended so to be to the said Henry Ridgway his executors, administrators and assigns, and I the said Edgar A Poe agent for M. Clemm for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators all and singular the said negro man unto the said Henry Ridgway his executors, administrators and assigns against me the said Edward [sic] A Poe my executors and administrators and against all and every other person or persons whatsoever shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents. In Witness whereof We have hereunto set our hands and seals this 10th day of December eighteen hundred and twenty nine.
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of Henry W Gray Baltimore City SS.
Edgar A Poe (sign of seal) for Maria Clemm
Henry X (his mark) Ridgway (sign of seal)
Be it remembered that on this tenth day of December 1829 before the subscriber a justice of the peace for said City appears Edgar Poe agent for Maria Clemm and Henry Ridgway, and acknowledges the above instrument of writing to be their act and deed according to the true intent and meaning thereof.
Acknowledged before Henry W Gray. Received to be recorded the 29th day of December 1829 at three O'clock PM Same day recorded and examined
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