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A 200-Year-Old Document Freeing A Slave Is Up For Auction Next Week

The slave owner writes that he's "of the opinion that it is my duty to do by others, as I would be done by."

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The document pre-dates Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation by more than 30 years.


The slave's owner, Oswald Ricks of Virginia, gives as a reason that he should "do unto others as I would be done by." The auction will take place in Gloucestershire and will be run by auctioneers Dominic Winter in Cirencester.

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