Assigning power of attorney to his mother Jane B. Ridgely to act in matters concerning his slaves in an autograph document, signed 3 April 1835, in Jessimine County, Kentucky. Daniel B. RIDGELY, American naval officer.

Assigning power of attorney to his mother Jane B. Ridgely to act in matters concerning his slaves in an autograph document, signed 3 April 1835, in Jessimine County, Kentucky.

Folio. One page, approximately 300 words; docketed on verso. Ridgely, "of the U.S. Navy," assigned power of attorney to Jane B. Ridgely, "to do all lawful acts and things whatsoever concerning my slaves … (consisting of the following: a negro man Nathan, a negro man Dennis, a negro boy Nathan, a negro girl Ellen, a negro girl Ann, and negro boy Richard)"; Ridgely, born near Lexington, Kentucky, was appointed midshipman in 1828 and eventually rose to the rank of commodore, serving in the Pacific and the Mediterranean, participating in the important battles of the Mexican War, and commanding several ships on blockade duty during the Civil War (see DAB). Slave documents involving prominent Americans are uncommon in trade. Folded (horizontal separation repaired with paper on verso); edges frayed, some browning. Item #47732

Price: $500.00