Dec. 8, 1825, Acts 50th G.A. p. 71
WHEREAS it is represented, that Robert Gumber, a colored man, by occupation a blacksmith, formerly the slave of Isaac Auten,deceased, late of the township of Bridgewater, and county of Somerset, served a term of years agreed upon between them, a part of the term with his said master, and a part, viz. five years, with Tunis Van Middlesworth, of the same place, and thereby became entitled to his freedom; and as there appears, at this time, no competent authority to manumit him--THEREFORE,
BE IT ENACTED by the Council and General Assembly of this State, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the said Robert Gumber be, and he is hereby emancipated from the bonds of slavery, and shall be deemed and adjudged to be free; and the estate of the said Isaac Auten, deceased, is hereby exonerated and acquitted from all costs and charges which may arise for the support of the said Robert Gumber.
A. Passed December 8, 1825.