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THE LOYALISTS AND SLAVERY.   67

as Law's Negroes"—uttered in less polished phrase—became a proverbial expression. The several slaves owned by Titus Knapp. previously mentioned, had been purchased by him, according to his grandson, Charles E. Knapp, Esq., of Dorchester, at different auction sales after he had made his home at Fort Cumberland. He owned at one time " Sippio Milligan, Peter Martyn, Lucy Marten, Newton Bacchus, and several others whose names are forgotten". A bill of sale in the possession of W. C. Milner, Esq., Point de Bute. dated January 9, 18o4, proves the transfer by James Law to Titus Knapp of a Negro boy named Peter for the sum of forty-two pounds. This boy was again sold, about 18 to, to James Isaac Hewson, with whom he remained " until after the

emancipation of slaves".

A still later transaction appears in another bill of sale,

also in the possession of Mr. Milner :

Know all men bt these presents that I. Sarah Allen of the county of Westmoreland and Province of New Brunswick, for and in consideration of Thirty Pounds, to me in hand paid at and before the sealing and delivery hereof by Titus Knapp Esquire of Westmoreland and Province aforesaid. the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, have bargained, and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell unto the said Titus Knapp a Mulato Boy about Fourteen Years Old named Bacchus, to have and to hold the said Mulato Boy to himself, his Heirs and assigns for ever ; and I the said Sarah Allan for myself, my heirs and Assigns against all and every other Person or Persons whatsoever shall and will him warrant and Defend for ever unto the said Titus Knapp. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Tenth day of May in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eight, and in the Forty eighth year of his Majesty's Reign.

Signed. Sealed and   1. SARAH ALLEN. FL.S.J delivered in presence of us,

CATHERINE Dlxo's.

JAMES KNAPP.


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