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52   NOVA SCOTIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

and strictly honest. Lomas is a rough carpenter and sawyer ; Ouako is a field negro, has met an accident in his arm, which will require some indulgence. The other men are sawyers, and John also a good axe-man. Abraham has been used to cattle and to attend in the house, etc. All the men are expert in boats. The women are stout, able and promise well to increase their numbers. Venus is useful in ye hospital, poultry yard. gardens, etc. Upon the whole they are a most useful lot of Negroes, and have behaved so entirely well and to my approbation that I earnestly recommend them to your particular care, and if practicable that they be employed together and that Isaac should be their overseer. 1 am much interested for them, insomuch that I have had them christened, and would rather have liberated them than sent them to any estate that I am not sure of their being treated with care and humanity, which I shall consider as the only favour that can be done to me on this occasion.

Isaac has tools with him, and the whole are clothed for three years. By the return of this vessel I expect to send two more and six months' provisions (at the rate of English soldiers) for the whole number. The vessel that brings these Negroes belongs to John Prince, Esq.. a very respectable merchant of the place, for whom I have the greatest regard and the highest estimation of his integrity and liberality. • About three months since 1 wrote Mr. \V. to ▪ London that I had purchased these Negroes and should ship them in March for his

estate at Surinam.   J. WENTWORTH.

Negroes embarked :—Abraham, James, Henry, Lomas, Cyrus. John, Isaac, Ouako, January—9. Priscella, Rachel, Venus, Daphne, Ann, Dorothy—6. Children: Celia, William, Venus, Eleonora—4. Matthew and Susannah reserved at Home.

The above all christened by Dr. Breynton, Feb. r, 1784.'

During subsequent years of the decade several trans-actions in slaves took place, records of which have escaped

e Wentworth Letter, Vol. {q, ,• Manuscript Documents of Nova Scotia,- p 23.


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