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woman a ~Irs. Simpson received the sum of three hundred dollars. Slaves are known to have been held at Thurlow.

At different points along St. Lawrence bondmen were also found. In answer to a k:ter from Dr. Canniff, Sheriff Sherwood wrote: " As regards slaves I only recollect two or three who settled in the District of Johnstown ; one in particular, namci Cxsar Congo, owned by Captain Justus Sherwood who came with his family in the same brigade of boats that my father and family did, and located about two miles above Prescott. They were the very first actual settlers. Well I remember Cazcar Congo, then a stout, strong young man, who often took the late Justus Sherwood of Toronto and myself on his back to assist us along while the boats were drawn up the rapids. Cxsar was sold to a half-pay officer named Bottom, and who after a year's service gave Cxsar his freedom. Cxsar soon after married suitably, and by his industry obtained a snug little place in the town of Brockville, where he lived many years and died." In the neighborhood of the latter town several slaves were held, one of them by Daniel Jones, father of Sir Daniel Jones.

At Fraserfield, the residence of the Hon. Thomas Fraser, in the District of Johnstown, were a number of slaves who had been brought by his father, a United Empire Loyalist, from his former home. To descendants of this gentleman the names of several of these slaves are yet familiar, especially that of the very dignified " Captain York," who lived to a great age. The old " quarters," with their rows of sleeping bunks ranged around the walls, remained years after slavery had ceased to exist, and many of the descendants of the slaves continued in the service of the family until comparatively recent years.

In 1790 the British government, with a view to facilitate the removal of certain Loyalists yet remaining in the United States, and to remove to their remaining American

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