The College hires "Nat Negro," 1792-1795

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Title

The College hires "Nat Negro," 1792-1795

Subject

Slaves
Slave labor
Hire
Leases
Master and Servant
Jesuits--History--18th century

Description

Between 1792 and 1795, Ignatius Smith hired out "his man Nat" to Georgetown College to offset the costs of educating his two sons. Nat earned fifteen pounds a year for the Smith family.

"Nat Negro" appears in the index of this ledger. His name is also listed, but crossed out, at the top of the account page for Ignatius Smith. This seems to have been an accounting error: the bookkeeper initially identified Nat as someone with his own account before realizing that Nat was not an account holder himself, but rather a credit in Smith’s account.

There is also tantalizing evidence that the Smiths kept a female slave. On May 15, 1793, Ignatius Smith paid five shillings "on his wenches Accot: for Cradle." It is unclear whether or not this refers to an infant, a woman, or perhaps both.

Creator

Georgetown University Archives

Publisher

Georgetown Slavery Archive

Date

1792-1795

Contributor

Cory Young

Rights

Georgetown University Library

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Accounts

Identifier

GSA96

Text Item Type Metadata

Text

Neal Francis Neal arrived Jany 13. 1792

Nat Negro G: 19

Nat MC_       _       _       _ 92

Neale Chas:_       _       _       _ 54

Neale Henry _      _       _       _ 64.

 

 

19 1793 Nat: Negro Ignatius Smith Dr.

Jany: 15 To Cash 17  10  -

To 3 glasses broken      2   4

May 15 To cash pd on his wenches Accot for Cradle 5s       5

To cash pd. In full 30  0  0

 

 

1792 Contra Cr 19

Jany: 4 B

1793 By one year’s hire of his man Nat 17  10  -

Jany: 4 By one years hire of his man Nat 15   -   -

1794 By one years hire of his man Nat 15   -   -

Jan 4 Recd. in full of this a/c p me

      Ignatius Smith

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Manuscript

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Citation

Georgetown University Archives, “The College hires "Nat Negro," 1792-1795,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed September 26, 2017, http://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/105.

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