l take £ 30 for her. I gave for Mira £ 35, but will take £ 25. If Mr. Benjamin Hall will give the £ 100 for her which he offered, he may have her, it being a good place.
As to Betsey and her daughter Nancy, the former may tarry, or take her freedom, as she may choose; and Nancy you may put out to some good family by the year.
The range of prices is here much higher, averaging about £ 40.
References to slavery in the Town-meeting Records are very few. The first is in the meeting of Aug. 18, 1718, when it was Put to Vote whether every inhabitant of this Town Shall when they buy any Servant Male or Female Be obliged to acquaint and inform the Selectmen of Sd. Town for their approbation; the motion was carried.
Inasmuch as a rather close scrutiny was made of all freemen who were newcomers into the town, it is not surprising that this was extended to include the servants.
Although the slaves were a small minority of the population, there was danger in allowing them to run at la