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[437] the coast of Africa; touching first, if you think proper, at Senegal, where, if you find encouragement, you may part with such part of your cargo as you can sell to your liking, and then proceed down the coast to such ports or places as you judge best to dispose of your cargo to advantage, so as to purchase a cargo of two hundred slaves, with which you are to proceed to South Carolina, unless a peace should happen, or a good opportunity of coming off with a man-of-war, or some vessel of force, for the West Indies. In that. case, I would recommend the Island of St. Christopher's, being handy to St. Eustatia's, for the sale of your slaves. Buy no girls, and few women; but buy prime boys and young men. As you have had often the care of slaves, so I think it needless to say much upon that head in regard to keeping them well secured and a constant watch over them.

Your cargo is good, and well assorted. Your rum, I make no doubt, will hold out more than it was taken in for; having proved some to hold out more than the gauge. As you have guns and men, I doubt not you'll make a good use of them if required. Bring some of the slaves this way, if not too late.

I am, with wishing you health, success, and happiness, your assured friend and owner,

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One article of the outward cargo stands on the account thus: “Eighty-two barrels, six hogsheads, and six tierces of New England rum; thirty-three barrels best Jamaica spirits; thirty-three barrels of Barbadoes rum; twenty-five pair pistols; two casks musket-ball; one chest of hand-arms; twenty-five cutlasses.”

The return cargo is recorded thus: “In the hole, on board of the ‘Snow Caesar,’ one hundred and fifty-three adult slaves, and two children.”

The following is a fair specimen of the captain's running-account, in his purchase of slaves, while on the coast of Africa, copied by us from the original manuscript:--

Dr.The natives of AnnamboePer contra,Cr.

1770. gals.1770. gals.
April 22.To 1 hogshead of rum110April 22.By 1 woman-slave110
May 1.To rum130May 1.By 1 prime woman-slave130
May 2.To 1 hogshead rum105May 2.By 1 boy-slave, 4ft. lin105
May 7.To 1 hogshead rum108May 7.By 1 boy-slave, 4ft. 3in108
May 5.To cash in gold5oz. 2.May 5.By 1 prime man-slave5oz. 2.
May 5.To cash in gold2oz.   
May 5.To 2 doz. of snuff1oz.May 5.By 1 old man for a Lingister3oz. 0.
  ----3oz. 0.   

How will the above read in the capital of Liberia two hundred years hence?

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