take without harm our dose of poetry and fiction.
I imagine Miss Larcom's poem, A Gambrel Roof, differs but little from the true facts of the case, and though perhaps a digression from our subject, the following concerning Dill, whom Miss Larcom introduced in her story, may not be amiss.
One authority says the child was bought April 19, 1766, and died about the middle of the nineteenth century, a nonagenarian.
The item to which I especially refer was made public by the Boston Herald, November 8, 1908, and was a receipt, given in connection with a sale of slaves, found in a garret of a house in North Adams, and reads as follows:—
Danvers, Mass., April 19, 1774.
Received of Mr. Jeremiah Page fifty eight pounds thirteen Shillings And fore pence lawful money And a negro woman called dinah, which in full for A negro girl Call Cato And A negro Child Called deliverance or dill which I now sell and deliver to ye said Jeremiah Page. Frank Tapley. John Bancroft. General John Stark