The College hires "Nat Negro," 1792-1795
Master and Servant
"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.
Text Item Type Metadata
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