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In 1754, there were in Medford twenty-seven male and seven female slaves, and fifteen free blacks; total, forty-nine. In 1764, there were forty-nine free blacks. When the law freed all the slaves, many in Medford chose to remain with their masters; and they were faithful unto death.

List of slaves, and their owners' names.

Worcester,owned byRev. E. Turell.
PompeyDr. Simon Tufts.
RoseCaptain Thomas Brooks.
PompCaptain Thomas Brooks.
PeterCaptain Francis Whitmore.
LondonSimon Bradshaw.
SelbyDeacon Benjamin Willis.
PrinceBenjamin Hall.
PunchWidow Brooks.
FloraStephen Hall.
RichardHugh Floyd.
DinahCaptain Kent.
CaesarMr. Brown.
ScipioMr. Pool.
PeterSquire Hall.
NiceSquire Hall.
CuffeeStephen Greenleaf.
IsaacJoseph Tufts.
AaronHenry Gardner.
Negro girlMr. Boylston.
Negro womanDr. Brooks.
Joseph, Plato, PhebeIsaac Royal.
Peter, Abraham, CooperIsaac Royal.
Stephy, George, HagarIsaac Royal.
Mira, Nancy, BetseyIsaac Royal.

We are indebted to a friend for the following: β€œIt may be interesting here to mention a circumstance illustrative of the general feeling of the town in those days with regard to slavery. In the spring of 1798 or β€˜99, a foreigner named Andriesse, originally from Holland, who had served many years at the Cape of Good Hope and in Batavia as a commodore in the Dutch navy, moved into the town from Boston, where he had lost, it was said, by unlucky speculations and the tricks of swindlers, a large part of the property which he had brought to this country from the East Indies. His family consisted of a wife and four children, with from fifteen to twenty Malay slaves. He lived only a month or two after his arrival in the town; and his widow, immediately ”

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