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THE LOYALISTS AND SLAVERY.   63

Negroes took place in the years immediately following that date. George Harding, of Maugerville, in July, 1797, transferred in due legal form to his son John a Negro boy named " Sippio" for the sum of fifteen pounds ; a week later Munson Jarvis, a leading merchant of St. John, sold and delivered to Abraham DePeyster, one of the original grantees of St. John, •• one negro man named Abraham and one negro woman named Lucy", agreeing to warrant and defend the sale against all persons whatsoever ; and in the St. John Gazette and Weekly Advertiser of March t. :799, a negro woman and child, the mother about nineteen years old, brought up in the country, well acquainted with dairy and housework, and

sold for no fault ", was offered to purchasers. Other advertisements of that period indicate that a growing uncertainty was attending any investment in slaves. Legal documents were strengthened ; absconding slaves were advertised for. Robert Guthrie, of Central Norton, Kings county, offered a reward for one ; Titus Knapp, a former officer of one of DeLancey's corps, at first a settler at Kingston but a little later of Westmoreland county, a larger reward for another, named Nero ; and Colonel Peters and Reuben Williams, of Queen's county, as will have been seen on a previous page, made in 1i99 a generous offer for that day to any one who would secure for them " two colored men, Gill and Dick, the property of the subscribers".

Several slave sales took place in Nova Scotia during the first decade of the present century. In the years 18ot and 'Boa several Negroes were bought and sold in the county of Yarmouth. One bill of sale is quoted by the Rev. J. Roy Campbell, according to which in December, 1801, a slave-owner sold for thirty-nine pounds a "certain Negro boy named Jack," born in hisown house of parents


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