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THE LOYALISTS AND SLAVERY.   6t

On the following day Thomas Wetmore appeared before Gabriel G. Ludlow, Esq., mayor of the city, and deposed to the signature of Mr. Hecht, on which that official appended his certificate :

At the same time appeared before me Joshua Moore, a Molatto, who the said Thomas declared was the Joshua Moore within named and intended, and it appearing tome that there is no fraud intended upon the publick nor any impropriety in his being manumitted I hereby allow the same. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused my seal of Mayoralty to be affixed the day and year above written.

G. G. Lt DLOW.

By similar documents on May 2, 1;8;, John Hume. " late of the Island of Carriacow (one of the Leeward Islands) but now of the city of Sr. John, New Brunswick", gave their freedom to a " certain Negro wench now called Betty Hume", about thirty-three years old, purchased by him at Carriacow in t;8o, and to her child, a Mulatto boy born in Grenada in 1785 " in a state of slavery to the said John Hume ". Through an earlier instrument, drawn up in May, 1779, and recorded in the registry of deeds' office, Bridgetown, Annapolis county, Robert Baird, "for divers good Causes and Valuable Considerations me hereunto moving" did " give, grant, quit-claim and manumitt unto a certain Negro named Thomas of all and all manner of servitude and bondage whatsoever" which he or any possible claimants through him could ever have upon him.

Several facts indicative of the existence of slavery in the Maritime Provinces at the beginning of the last decade of the century are furnished by Lieutenant John Clarkson, during his mission in 1791-92. When the governor, Sir John Wentworth, generally correct in his estimate of public affairs, wrote in October, z yg6, to the Duke of Portland in reference to the Negroes still in the province.


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