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THE LOYALISTS AND SLAVERY.   57

slave girl, often called " Deal McGregor" from Dr. McGregor's allusion to her as a " sister', continued under Mr. Cock's roof until his death in 18o5.'

The sincerity of James McGregor's opposition to slavery was abundantly proved. Two years before, in 1786, having found that Matthew Harris, of Pictou. who had sold the boy Abram, was the owner of a colored girl, and also of a Mulatto man named Martin, he at once sought their release. Of twenty-seven pounds, the part of his first year's stipend received in cash,. he paid twenty pounds for the freedom of the girl, and a portion of the payments received by him for a year or two in produce went toward payment of the balance of the ransom price of fifty pounds. Through his influence also the slave-owner was persuaded to guarantee the Mulatto—Martinhis freedom on condition of a certain term of good service. A further sum of nine or ten pounds was also paid out of his small salary to secure the release of a woman held in bondage for a term of years.'

It is satisfactory to know that the enfranchised slaves justified the interest taken in them by the young Scotch minister. Dinah Rhyno, the young girl owned by Harris, continued throughout life to cherish the warmest gratitude towards her benefactor. She and her husband. George Mingo, a colored man who had served in the American war, became members of the Presbyterian church at Pictou, and by their consistent lives everywhere commanded respect. Several of their children lived to a good old age as members of the Presbyterian churches in Moncton, Bedford and elsewhere. Robert Mingo, one

 

 

The passage in which this allusion occurs was this : " Tell me, Reverend Sir, why you do not sell me ? I am your brother, and your slave is your sister. You are not able. I bless God for his kindness to me. which bath put it out of your power to deal with me as you have done with my sister. " Remains of Rev. James McGregor'. p. I TO.

" Memoir of James McGregor, D. D.", pp. 153-t5R

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