New Brunswick Advertiser" of July 28, t8ot, in which the Act 3o, Geo. III, Chap. 27. mentioned on a previous page, was republished, one of the judges of that province
wrote thus :'
Of your question respecting slavery I have thought much, but I can see it only in one point of view. The statute 30 G. 3rd, chap. 27., to which you refer, undoubtedly relates to persons coming with their families from the States to settle in the King's American Dominions, and to those persons only ; but in the very terms in which it allows them to bring in their Negroes as part of their property it acknowledges those Negroes when brought in to be, what they were before—slates: because by forbid-ding them to be sold within the first year, it tacitly permits the sale of them after that period. But in what country can a Negro be sold, but one in which slavery is allowed by law? The power of selling is the strongest proof, and is indeed a legislative recognition of the existence of slavery in the country in which it is permitted. This is a short but direct answer to the question, •' Why Americans coming to settle in the King's colonies should be allowed to retain their slaves, but the Loyalists who had already settled there should lose theirs"?'
The ease in point of fact does not exist. The slaves which the Loyalists took with them to their new settlements were, and are at this moment, slaves. Slavery was formerly allowed in all the colonies, and it still subsists in some of them which have claimed for themselves the freedom they refuse to others ; and the law of slavery stands on the same foundation in the colonies which adhered to their allegiance that it does in those which have renounced their allegiance. What that foundation is is of no consequence to the question ; since if it existed in the old colonies it certainly remains in the present ones.
\\'ith Mr. J. C. Hamilton, of Toronto, author of a paper already mentioned,' I cannot but entertain doubts, in
See Pages 42-43-
2 A similar interpretation of the statute of ,79o, it is altogether probable, led Neut.-governor Simcoe, of Upper Canada, to urge through the legislature of that colony the anti-slavery measure of 179j-
' See page 3.