[March 29, 1859]
Know all persons by these presents, that I Ulysses S Grant of the City & County of St Louis in the State of Missouri, for divers good and valuable considerations me hereunto moving, do hereby emancipate and set free from Slavery my negro man William, sometimes called William Jones (Jones) of Mullato complexion, aged about thirty-five years, and about five feet seven inches in height and being the same slave purchased by me of Frederick Dent—And I do hereby manumit, emancipate & set free said William from slavery forever
In testimony Whereof I hereto set my hand & seal at St Louis this [29th] day of March A D 1859
|Witnesses||U. S. GRANT (Seal)|
|J G McClellan|
|W. S. Hillyer|
DS, MoSHi. At the foot of the document is a certification by Stephen Rice of the Saint Louis Circuit Court that the signature was genuine and that the document had been entered in the record of the court.
On March 21, 1858, USG wrote of employing "three negro men, two hired by the year and one of Mr. Dents ..." When USG acquired William Jones is not known. At least two more slaves were owned by Julia Grant.
The witnesses, Josiah G. McClellan and William S. Hillyer, were partners in the St. Louis law firm of McClellan, Hillyer and Moody at 35 Pine Street.