Legal Manuscript Document about ""Slave Stealing" in Colonial North Carolina. John Collson. "The King against Jas. Wishart."
by [Slave Document].
Legal document, single leaf, about 8vo size (6" 7 1/4"), 2 pp., text on both sides. Paper very browned, some ink smudging, a few tiny holes at old folds; otherwise about very good. This is a somewhat scarce colonial southern slave document where it appears that a David Smith had one of his slaves swiped from him. "…David Smith… made oath that…Wishart came to his house and with force did fraudentaly take and cary away a Negroe Boy Named James the property of…Smith greatly to his damage and agt the peace of his sovn lord the king his Crown and Dignity…" An order of arrest for both Smith and the slave, signed also by the law enforcement officer who made the arrests. Interestingly, years latter, "slave stealing" was typically the work of abolitionists trying to help slaves escape .While it is not totally clear, the judge in this case was a wealthy businessman and land-owner and may have been a British Loyalist fleeing to England after the war. (Inventory #: 106345)
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