|Date||November 10, 1863|
|Scope & Content||
Pass - for Henry (slave), signed by Jefferson Davis, November 10, 1863
"Pass Henry to apothecary's store and back to Presdts House - Jeffn Davis Nov. 10. 1863"
|Archival History||By providing written passes, slaveholders allowed some slaves limited mobility. The system was flexible and permitted slaves to travel on routine errands as well as more important personal ones, such as visits to a spouse or children on another plantation. Slaves without such a pass could be arrested, jailed, and detained as a runaway. Some owners wrote general passes allowing their slaves to "pass" and "repass,", while others were more specific and included the destination as well as the date on which he/she was to return. Jefferson Davis sent his slave Henry to the apothecary in 1863 with such a document in hand.|
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