DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA| WASHINGTON COUNTY| BE IT REMEMBERED THAT ON THIS TENTH DAY OF FEBRUARY EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND THIRTY SIX BEFORE ME THE SUBSCRIBER, ONE OF THE JUSTICES OF THE PEACE IN AND FOR THE COURT, AFORESAID, PERSONALLY APPEARS ISAAC JOSEPH & WILLIAM TROUT AND WILLIAM W. BANNERMAN OF THE SAID COUNTY, AND ACKNOWLEDGED THEMSELVES EACH, AND SEVERALLY, TO OWE TO, AND STAND JUSTLY INDEBTED TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN THE SUM OF EIGHTY ONE DOLLARS, TO BE MADE AND LEVIED OF THEIR BODIES, GOODS AND CHATTELS, LANDS, AND TENEMENT, RESPECTIVELY, FOR THE USE OF THE SAID UNITED STATES. UPON CONDITION, NEVERTHELESS THAT IF THE SAID ISAAC JOSEPH SHALL INDEMNIFY THE COUNTY AFORESAID FROM ALL CHARGES THAT MAY ARISE FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF A MALE ILLEGITIMATE CHILD, BY HIM PROVED TO HAVE BEEN BEGOTTEN ON THE BODY OF CAROLINE GINGENBACH OF WHICH SHE WAS DELIVERED ON THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF NOVEMBER LAST PAST THEN THIS RECOGNIZANCE TO BE VOID, AND NONE EFFECT, OTHERWISE TO BE AND REMAIN IN FULL FORCE, AND VIRTUE IN L
1836 · Washington, D.C.
by The LOVE Child
Washington, D.C., 1836. Folio broadside, 7.75" x 12,5". Completely in manuscript, docketed on verso as being received February 11, 1836. Light toning, old folds [two fold splits repaired on verso with archival tape]. Else Very Good.
An early example of enforcement of the law requiring fathers to support their children born out of wedlock. John D. Clark was a Notary Public and Justice of the Peace in Washington, D.C. William W. Bannerman was an engraver and copper printer in Baltimore. (Inventory #: 31036)