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escaped Loyalist owners were generally brought in by parties belonging to the Loyalist corps, with whom also were a few slaves of rebel masters, these slaves voluntarily accompanying British officers on their retreat towards the border.
Of the fifty or more slaves named in this list, nearly half were sold at Montreal, a few being carried by Indians and whites to Niagara ; the others were handed over to their former owners. " Charles," " taken at Ball's Town, making his escape out of a window in Col. Gordon's house," was sold to the Rev. David C. DeLisle, the Episcopal rector at Montreal, for twenty pounds. Halifax currency ; Samuel Judah, Montreal, paid twenty-four pounds for " Jacob." also a slave of Colonel Gordon, a rebel master, but for a Negro girl of the same owner he gave sixty pounds ; " Nero," another of Colonel Gordon's slaves, captured by a Mohawk Indian, Patrick Langan sold to John Mittleberger of Montreal for sixty pounds ; " Tom" was sold by Captain Thomson, of Colonel Butler's Rangers, for twenty-five pounds to Sir John Johnson, who gave him to Mr. Langan; and William Bowen, a Loyalist owner, sold his recovered slave, "Jack," for seventy pounds to Captain John McDonell, of the Rangers. " William," who was sold for thirty pounds to Mr. McDonell, and afterwards carried to Quebec. had been taken at his master's house by Mohawk Indians, " under Captain John the Mohawk, with a waggon and horses which he had got ready to convey his mistress," Mrs. Fonda, wife of Major Fonda, to Schenectady. It may have been on this occasion that the aged man, Fonda, was scalped by Indians in British employ, a deed for which a former Whig neighbor upbraided Sir John Johnson when opportunity permitted more bitterly than for the complete destruction of his own property, the captivity of his sons, and the almost total desolation of the fair valley. Another