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Know all men by these Presents that I, John D. Blair, of the city of Richmond, for, & in consideration of the love & affection I bear to my wife, Mary Blair, do freely give to her a female negro child named Mary, the daughter of my servant man Lewis & his wife Aggy, to the proper use & behoof, & the sole controul & disposal of my said wife Mary Blair. The child Mary, aforementioned is supposed, at this time, to be about eight years old. This Deed of Gift to my said wife I by these Presents confirm against the claim or claims of all persons whatsoever. Witness my hand & seal this nineteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred & Seventeen (1817). John D. Blair {seal} Witness James Blair