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Slaves purchased in Africa were sold chiefly in the West Indies and the Southern colonies; the balance came North. The mainspring of the traffic was rum; and Brooks in his History of Medford gives an extract from a captain's account-book showing balance between rum and slaves. Very few whole cargoes, however, came to Massaisfaction. The phrase give satisfaction may mean a money compensation or a satisfactory explanation; the latter I am inclined to regard as the intended meaning. Brooks says, they [i.e., the slaves] were treated much after the manner of children. The statement is ambiguous. Did this law remind him of a curfew regulation? Theo Servant of Hon. Isaac Royall Esq., drowned June 8, 1768. London, A Negro Man of the Widow Mary Bradshaw's Died Oct. 15, 1760. Caesar, Negro Servant of Ebenezar Brooks of Medford and Zipporah negro Servant of Nathl Brown of Charlestown, married June 23, 1757. As would be inferred, the number of slave owners was not large