Bill of exchange of slaves - Ministry of the Colonies Suriname - 1863

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Bill of exchange of slaves - Ministry of the Colonies Suriname - 1863
Colonial history - Quantity: 1 - Signed - Autograph letter signed (ALS)

Ministerie van Koloniën - promissory note - slaves - 1864
Colonial history - Quantity: 1 - Numbered edition - One leaf
Promissory note for the manumission of slaves in Suriname - signed 1864

Abolition of slavery, ‘Dienstjaar 1863’

Original promissory note, numbered 64, dated in ink February 1864, for the amount of ƒ 31825.00, a sum of ‘eenendertigduizendachthonderdvijfentwintig gulden’.
Paid to the heirs of Pieter Kerkhoven.
Signed at the bottom right “De Gouverneur der kolonie Suriname Reinhart Frans van Lansberge”.
Stamp of “Huis van Negotie Kerkhoven en Coutinho”.
53 slaves “Adrichem koffie”
136 slaves “Matappicakreek Katoen”

Very large amount, rarely offered.

On recto the embossed small seal of the Colony of Suriname.
Legal dues 16 guilders.
Has been folded. 14.7 × 27.8 cm.


The official abolition of slavery in the Dutch West Indies on 1 July 1863 would take place at government expense; the former slaves in Suriname would remain under state supervision for 10 years.
The slave owners were compensated in money, on average they would receive about 300 guilders per slave.
The names had to be mentioned on a “statement of declaration” that had to be submitted to the government office in Paramaribo.
In March 1863, so-called “verification commissions” toured the plantations and an inventory was drawn up, with the slaves first undergoing a medical examination (leprosy).
No compensation was paid for government slaves and slaves of the leper institute in Batavia.
The Maroons (previously freed slaves) were excluded from the emancipation arrangement.

With many notes and stamps, a very interesting historical document.
The pictures are part of the description.

Lot details
Object
Autograph letter signed (ALS)
Number of Books
1
Subject
Colonial history
Author/ Illustrator
Bill of exchange of slaves
Book Title
Ministry of the Colonies Suriname
Condition
Good
Publication year oldest item
1863
Edition
Numbered edition
Language
Dutch
Original language
Yes
Publisher
ministerie van Koloniën
Binding/ Material
Single page
Extras
Signed
Number of pages
1
Dimensions
14.7×27.8 cm
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