The following is a copy
of a document on record in the Registry Office in Pictou.
“Know all men by these
presents that I, Archibald Allardice, of the Province of Nova Scotia,
mariner, for and in consideration of the sum of forty pounds curreney to
me in hand paid by Dr. John Harris, of Truro, have made over, and sold,
and bargained, and by these presents do bargain, make over, and sell to
the aforesaid Doctor John Harris, one negro man named Sambo, aged
twenty-jive years or thereabouts, and also one brown mare, and her colt
now sucking. To have and to hold the said negro man and mare with her
colt, as his property, for and in security of the above sum of money
until paid with lawful interest. And at the payment of the above
mentioned sum with interest and expenses, the aforesaid Doctor John
Harris is by these presents firmly bound to deliver up to the aforesaid
Archibald Allardice, the said negro man, named Sambo, with the mare and
colt (casualties excepted). But if the said negro man, mare, or colt,
should die before the said money should be paid, then in such
proportion, I, the said Archibald Allardice, promise to make good the
deficiency to the said Doctor John Harris. In witness whereof I have
hereunto set my hand and seal, this tenth day of August, in the year of
our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, and in the
twenty-sixth of our Sovereign Lord, George the Third’s, Reign.
Archibald Allardiee, l.
Signed, sealed, and
delivered in presence of James Phillips, Robert Dunn.
Truro, August 26th, 1786, Recorded on the oath of James Phillips. John
Harris, D. R.
Along the margin the
following words were written. “Assignment to Thomas Harris, 20th day of
per John Harris, D. R.