Before Notary Public Théodore Seghers in New Orleans, A.B. Roman and Angélina Roman, heirs to an undivided portion of the estate of the deceased Louise Patin (his mother; her grandmother), widow of Jacques Roman, declared that they had subscribed to shares of stock in the Citizens' Bank of Louisiana and wished to give the bank as collateral a mortgage on their share of the succession. The estate consisted of two sugar plantations in Saint James Parish. One was situated eighteen leagues above New Orleans on the right bank of the Mississippi, bounded by properties of [William] Priestly and of Jean Baptiste Armant, with a labor force of eighty-eight slaves, whose names and ages were given in the document. The other was situated twenty leagues above New Orleans on the right bank, bounded by plantations of Joseph Xavier Cantrelle and of the children of Jean Baptiste Cantrelle. It had sixty-two slaves (names and ages given). To facilitate legal proceedings in giving the Citizens' Bank the security required by its charter, A.B. Roman and Angélina Roman granted power of attorney to Valcour Aime, who was the administrator of the succession of Louise Patin Roman, to effect a mortgage in favor of the Bank on their portion of the estate. Françoise Aimée Parent, wife of A.B. Roman, appeared and gave her consent to her husband's actions.