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64   NOVA SCOTIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

" both my property".' Precisely the same amount was paid by Dr. Bond of Yarmouth in the same month for Manuel Jarvis, a slave believed to have been brought from the \Vest Indies by his owner, Colonel Lewis Blanchard, from whom Dr. Bond, as an old ledger shows, also purchased in March, 1802, for forty pounds another slave named Kate, then or soon after married to Manuel.

A similar incident in domestic life was the purchase, in the same county, of Dinah, a Negro woman, by James Lent. Mr. Lent, an ensign in the Queen's Rangers during the war, had come at the peace to Shelburne, whence he had removed in 1784 to Tusket Village, his neighbors knowing him as " Judge" Lent, the magistrate of the district. The judge's slave, \Villiam, having become discontented, had concluded with successive generations that it was not good for man to be alone, and had persuaded his master to buy him a wife. Had Nova Scotian slavery been like that of Virginia the investment of a hundred pounds in Dinah would have resulted in no small profit to Mr. Lent, his " heirs, administrators and assigns". A daughter of \Villiam and Dinah Berry, born in slavery in Nova Scotia, died at Tusket in 1393 at the age of one hundred and six years.

A conveyance found several years since in a safe in the cellar of the late Peter Bonner, high sheriff of the county of Annapolis, transfers in October, 1304, from Isaac Bonnets and other administrators of the estate of Robert Dickson, late of Annapolis, to \Villiam Robinson. his heirs, etc., in consideration of the sum of seventeen pounds, a " certain Negro girl slave named Priscilla, about eight years and four months of age, being part of the personal estate of the late Robert Dickson", and after the usual form guarantees to the purchaser his right to

"History of Yarmouth", by Rev. J. Roy CampbelL


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