Red Circular Postmark:
(Rate in 1847: Over 300 miles, per ½ oz.: 10 cents.
Lynchburg to Nashville, approximately 431 miles.)
Jno T. Smiley, Ck
Circuit Court of Nashville
State of Virginia.
Corporation of Lynchburg to wit
John Whittington of lawful age this day made before me a
justice of the peace for the corporation aforesaid that he has been for a long time well
acquainted with a colored man named Alexander (commonly called Alick) who came
from years since removed from this vicinity
with Mr. Thomas Ferguson or his son to the state of
Tennessee. That he the offiant know the said man Alexander or Alick from his birth
until his removal as afroesaid that he, the said Alexander or Alick, was born the slave of
this offiants brother Thos Whittington, a resident of the county of Bedford, in
this state -- that the said Thomas Whittington departed this life in or about the
year 1831, having previously proved and recorded in the county court of said county of
Bedford whereby he emancipated all his slaves and amongst others the said Alexander or
Alick. That he, the offiant, has on this day referred to the register kept by the said
Thomas Whittington of the ages of his slaves and find the said Alexander here registered us
having been born on the 28th day of September 1820 - that the said Alexander or Alick is the
son of the said negro woman slave who was the
property of the said Thomas Whittington named Polly.
That the said Alexander or Alick is a man of low stature, square, and stout built,
dark complexion, open conntenance when spoken to, speaks promptly and pertly and
stammers or stutters a little, particularly when excited or irritated.
Given under my hand this 6 day December 1847
D. R. Syman, J.P