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Lot 49, merchant", in consideration of twentytpounds, Halifax currency, a Mulatto boy three years old called Simon ; and on the same date gives to his granddaughters " Harlot Clarissa Haszard and Sarah Louisa Haszard one Mulatto girl about five years of age named Catharine". Governor Fanning also was the possessor of two Negro men, to one of whom—Shepherd—when setting them at liberty, he gave a farm.

Of a slave named Sickles, owned by William Creed, previously of Boston. a glimpse is obtained through Dr. Patterson's " Life of James McGregor". This slave, who was much interested in Mr. McGregor's preaching at Three Rivers during his visit to the Island in 1794, was baptised during a visit of the same minister in the following year, and soon after, through the influence of Mr. McGregor, was given his freedom.' One or more slaves, bearing the same name, are known to have belonged to David Higgins, who came to the Island from Boston about the commencement of the Revolutionary war and carried on business in the district visited by the minister named.

An interesting reference to slavery in the island colony appears under date of Jul-, 'Soo, in an old memorandum book of one of the early residents of Charlottetown, who seems to have been an adept in the art of using words to conceal rather than to disclose his meaning :

I was under the necessity of telling my servants, Jack and Amelia—to get them to go to Prince Town—that at the end of one year. if they behaved themselves well (of which I was to be the judge), and that neither Mrs. — or myself wanted them or either of them, I would give them their liberty ; that is to say, only for themselves two, not liberty for any children they now have or may here-after have. But I also told them that if they or either of them misbehaved, they forfeit all expectations thereto. I

' ''Lite of James McGregor", p. zSa

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