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Collection Reference Number GLC04821
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1783 
Title Arthur Middleton to Lyman Hall asking him to resolve a debate over ownership of a slave
Date 1 March 1783
Author Middleton, Arthur (1742-1787)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Asks Hall to resolve a debate over ownership of a slave. Mr. Melvin purchased a slave that had belonged to Middleton but had been captured by the British. When Middleton encountered the slave he claimed it as his own, since it had been wrongfully stolen from him. Melvin appears to want full value in exchange for the slave, while Middleton believes he owes only a fraction of this. Paper border around letter. Written at Cedar Grove Plantation.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Military History  Slavery  African American History  Wartime Pillaging and Destruction  Prisoner of War  Finance  Law  
People Middleton, Arthur (1742-1787)  Hall, Lyman (1724-1790)  
Place written Edgefield, South Carolina
Theme Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Law
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Lyman Hall was the Governor of Georgia and previously served in the Continental Congress, where he signed the Declaration of Independence. Arthur Middleton was also signer of the Declaration of Independence, and served as President of the Continental Congress from 1774-1775.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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