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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1783
|Arthur Middleton to Lyman Hall asking him to resolve a debate over ownership of a slave
|1 March 1783
|Middleton, Arthur (1742-1787)
|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.
|Revolutionary War Military History Slavery African American History Wartime Pillaging and Destruction Prisoner of War Finance Law
|Middleton, Arthur (1742-1787) Hall, Lyman (1724-1790)
|Edgefield, South Carolina
|Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Law
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859