Albany NY: D. & S. Whiting at the Albany Book Store, 1803. Hardcover. Albany imprint of this American work on procedural law, first published in Philadelphia in 1722, and containing a lengthy section on slaves.
During this period slavery was still legal in New York state. The section pertaining to slaves details how an owner would free a slave; how an owner would be discharged from maintaining them; the status of children born of slaves in New York and more. Of children, the law stipulates, "Every child born of a slave within this state, after the 4th day of July 1799, shall be free; but shall remain the servant of the owner of its mother ..." (p422). This 1799 law was the first gradual emancipation law passed in New York state.
8vo, xv, 479 pp, errata. Dark brown gilt leather, red leather spine label. Boards lightly rubbed; text in very good condition. Period owner signature in ink on title page, Walton Street or Streel. OCLC: 2494028. Very good overall. Item #25702