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THE SLAVE IN CANADA.   13

right eye. Had on when she went away a red cloth petticoat, a red-baize bed-gown, and a red ribbon about her head. Whoever may harbour said Negro girl, or encourage her to stay away from her said master, may depend upon being prosecuted as the law directs ; and whoever may be so kind as to take her up and send her home to her said master shall be paid all costs and charges with two dollars reward for their trouble."' Poor Thursday's liberty, in consequence of her conspicuous outfit, or the cupidity of some mean-spirited individual, proved short ; for in the " inventory of the late John Rock," as recorded in the Halifax probate court in 1776, this item—" A Negro wench, named Thursday," appears in a very varied list of property. The poor slave girl was valued by the appraisers at twenty-five pounds, Nova Scotia currency ; but the executors in their final account of the estate report her as sold to John Bishop for only twenty pounds.

Other interesting facts in relation to slavery may be gathered from these old court records. The executors of the estate of John Margerum, deceased, acknowledge the receipt of £29 9S. 4„d—" nett proceeds of a Negro boy sold at Carolina" in 1769. In their report, 1770, from the estate of Joseph Gerrish of Halifax. the executors announce a loss of thirty pounds on three Negroes appraised at one hundred and eighty pounds, but actually sold for one hundred and fifty to Richard Williams and Abraham Constable. In the same account occurs an item

 

 

r John Rock seems to have been a citizen of some repute. In January, 170, he obtained the license to run the ferry between Halifax and Dartmouth. The records of St. Paula church show that occasional meetings of the wardens and vestry were held at his residence. In a list of donors to St. Paul's his name stands second, but for the largest amount—seven hundred pounds. This list may be seen near the entrance to the church. The name of John llargerum, mentioned in the next paragraph. appears on a stone marking his grave in the old St. Paul's cemetery in this city. The date of his death, 1763, and the inscription •' Christ gave Himself a sacrifice for all," is on the stone.


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