Unknown White Male Child
Mayoralty of New Orleans
New Orleans, November 25, 1875

I William Brown of the City of New Orleans do solemnly aver
that about three weeks ago a white lady, name unknown, left
at my house a white male child about two months old,
promising to return the same day and take possession of the
said child. She has never returned and said male white infant
is now in our possession. I am a poor colored man and utterly
unable to keep for the said child and therefore request the
Hon. C. J. Leeds Mayor of the city of New Orleans to grant
me an order by which said male infant may be placed in one of
the asylums in the city. In attestation of the forgoing facts I
hereunto fix my mark, being unable to sign my name.

                                                                            His
                                                               William  X  Brown
                                                                           Mark
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