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A Sweet story of old

The Historical Society is now in possession of a highly interesting collection of papers written in the years just preceding the Revolution, one of which suggests the caption of this article, and is here reproduced:—
Invoice of 2 barrls Loaf Sugar shipped by Francis Minot on his own account & resque on board the Brig Neptune Peter Gwin master bound for Affrica & goes consign'd said Gwin for Sales & return viz—

1767
FMNo1 cont'g 14 Loaves wt 139 lb
2 14Do—135
274 1/2 @ £ 6/6 Old Tenor is£ 1117.10
2 barrls for Do2. 2
12.

Boston 23d Septr 1765.
Captt Peter Gwin
Sir

I have ship'd the above Sugar with leave from Mr. Fitch & beg You'l dispose of it to my best advantage on Your arrival on the coast of Affrica & if it's sufficiant purchase me a Boy Slave. If you go to the West Indies please to lay out the neat proceeds in good Produce which leave to Your Iudgment what may best answer the great end of Getting money. I wish You Health & Prosperity being sincerely

Your Friend & H'ble Servt

P. S. As Loaf Sugar always sells better to Windward than to Leeward, should be glad You would sell mine as You go down the Coast—the barrells may be easily come at between Decks.


The Medford historian (Brooks) said (on p. 436) ‘The gentlemen of Medford have always disclaimed any participation in the slave trade,’ and, evidently doubtful of the same, makes a half-page quotation from a letter of instruction to a slaver's captain on January 14, 1759. That identical letter is the first of the twenty-two above mentioned and which cover a period of ten years. Steel pens, copying presses and typewriters were no part of

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