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THE LOYALISTS AND SLAVERY.   53

destruction. In 1786 an advertisement of " A Negro boy for Sale", appeared in the Royal Gazette of St. John, N. B. ; in July of the same year a " likely Negro wench" was offered through the columns of a Halifax newspaper ; in October, 1;88, a "stout, likely and very active young black woman, late property of John H. Carey ", was offered for sale in the St. John Gazelle and Weekly Advertiser, " not for any fault", being " singularly sober and diligent "; and in May, 1;89, Abraham Treadell, of St. John, surveyor, sold to John Ward, merchant, of the same place, it his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever", Toney, a Negro boy, for twenty-five pounds. Transfers of slaves were then also somewhat frequent in the county of Annapolis. David Randall, of Wilmot, in 1;85 devised to his wife Kezia, " the use of my Negro wench Sukey" during the life of the said wife ; in 1786 Thomas Cornwell. of Annapolis, a " reduced captain in His Majesty's late King's American Regiment", gave to Isaac and David Bennett, merchants of the same place, a bill of sale of " one farm, one Negro girl named Letisha, one roan horse named Beatable, one yoke of oxen, one milch cow", and various other articles of property ; and just a year later Christopher Benson, Esq., of Granville, executed a similar paper in favor of John Robertson, merchant of Annapolis, in the varied inventory of which are catalogued " one Negro man named Squire, and one Negro boy named Dave". During the same year Frederick Sinclair, of Annapolis, tavern-keeper, purchased a " Negro girl named Jane". Several slaves were disposed of by the will of Joseph Totten, of the firm of Joseph Totten & Co., merchants of Annapolis, recorded in March, 1;88. To his wife Susannah, in addition to certain real estate, was given during her life or widowhood the use of " slaves, horses, cattle, stock", etc., and to each of three daughters a


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