Memoir of the Rev James MacGregor D.D.
Appendix D. Copy of Slave sale


The following is a copy of a document on record in the Registry Office in Pictou.

“Know all men by these presents that I, Archibald Allardice, of the Province of Nova Scotia, mariner, for and in consideration of the sum of forty pounds curreney to me in hand paid by Dr. John Harris, of Truro, have made over, and sold, and bargained, and by these presents do bargain, make over, and sell to the aforesaid Doctor John Harris, one negro man named Sambo, aged twenty-jive years or thereabouts, and also one brown mare, and her colt now sucking. To have and to hold the said negro man and mare with her colt, as his property, for and in security of the above sum of money until paid with lawful interest. And at the payment of the above mentioned sum with interest and expenses, the aforesaid Doctor John Harris is by these presents firmly bound to deliver up to the aforesaid Archibald Allardice, the said negro man, named Sambo, with the mare and colt (casualties excepted). But if the said negro man, mare, or colt, should die before the said money should be paid, then in such proportion, I, the said Archibald Allardice, promise to make good the deficiency to the said Doctor John Harris. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this tenth day of August, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, and in the twenty-sixth of our Sovereign Lord, George the Third’s, Reign.

Archibald Allardiee, l. s.

Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence of James Phillips, Robert Dunn.
Truro, August 26th, 1786, Recorded on the oath of James Phillips. John Harris, D. R.

Along the margin the following words were written. “Assignment to Thomas Harris, 20th day of April, 1791.”

per John Harris, D. R.


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