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  •  Another thing that is striking to me (8+ / 0-)

    is the use of legal language that reminds me of the language we still use in modern deeds to real property.

    The phrase:

    the right and title of said Slaves I warrant and defend against the claims of all persons whatsoever
    is similar to a phrase commonly used in warranty deeds:
    And Grantor does hereby fully warrant title to the land conveyed hereby and will defend the same against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever.
    And the phrase "and slaves for life" is eerily similar to the concept of "fee simple" or "fee simple absolute" ownership in real estate.
    An estate in fee simple denotes the maximum ownership in land that can be legally granted; it is the greatest possible aggregate of rights, powers, privileges and immunities available in land.
    See Wikipedia.


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