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THE SLAVE IN CANADA.   19

James S. More, in his history of Queen's county, states that the earlier colored people of Liverpool came with their masters from New England rather as servants than as slaves. "Violet," who belonged to Colonel William Free-man, was said to have been an African princess, who with her attendants had been kidnapped while gathering wild flowers, and carried over the ocean amid the horrors of the crowded hold of a slave-ship. " There are no records of slave sales in Queens county," says Mr. \fore, but, he adds, " bondmen and bondwomen were treated with the kindness which greatly tempered the evils of slavery during its existence in the more northern settlements at the time." No documents, it is understood, indicate the presence of any slaves at this period among the German settlers in the county of Lunenburg, though according to tradition one or more were held by Colonel Creighton, one of the most distinguished men of the county.


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