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age," two hundeed dollars, payable in three years, with interest from the day of sale, and to be secured by bond, etc. For ready money one-fourth less would be taken. A sister of Mr. Russell was the owner of a Negress who attended her mistress in the head-gear of a red turban and under the high-sounding title of Amy Pompadour, and who was afterward legally given by Miss Russell to Mrs. Captain Davison, of Toronto. As late as March, 181 t, William Janis, the Secretary of the province, had before the court at Toronto a " Negro boy and girl, his slaves," who " had the evening before been committed to prison for having stolen gold and silver out of his desk and escaped from their said master."

Indian slaves were also to be found in Ontario at the beginning of the present century, for through the Niagara Herald of August 25. 1802, Charles Field, of Niagara, informed his neighbors : " All persons are forbidden harbouring, employing, or concealing my Indian slave Sal, as I am determined to prosecute any offender to the extremity of the law, and persons who may suffer her to remain in or upon their premises for the space of halfan-hour, without my written consent, will be taken as offending, and dealt with accordingly."'

A telegram to Canadian papers from Cornwall, Ont., in January, 1871, called attention briefly to the life story of one of the slaves brought into Ontario under the operation of the Act passed in 1790 by the British government. This very aged man—one hundred and five years old at his death—had seen service in the Revolutionary war, and had in 1792 been brought by his master, Major James Gray, to Canada. At the death of the master, a little later, his slave woman and her children passed into the hands of the son, Robert D. J. Gray, solicitor-general

1 " Slavery in Canada," by J. C. Hamilton, LLB. " Toronto of Old," by H. Sm.dding, D. D.


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