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Know all men by there presents that I William Dean of Alexandria do hereby emancipate and for ever discharge from service a Negroe man Slave named Alfred Merricks about thirty seven years of age sold to me by my mother Mrs Hannah Deane whose Bill of Sale to me is hereto annexed Witness my hand & seal this 16th day of July 1838. Wm Dean {Seal} Sealed and delivered in presence of R J. Scylor PE Hoffman At an United States Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, continued & held for Alexandria County the 8th day of Januay 1838. William Dean acknowledged this deed to Negro Alfred to be his act & deed, which is ordered to be recorded. Teste Edm Lee CC