(Slavery in the American Revolution) Fine Content Manuscript Document Signed "Furman & Hunt". One page, 6" x 7", Trenton, [New Jersey], July 1777, being an invoice directed to Hugh Runyan for slaves he had rented for work from the firm of Furman & Hunt, "for Work don for L. Meredith Esqr." for the sum of £9-14-4 which included "To 2 Days Work of 3 Negro's found by us at 13/9 each...1 Days Work of Fortune...1/2 Day of Tom...two Negro's , a Day each...a Day of one Negro..." The practice of "hiring" or "renting" slaves was quite common in America during the eighteenth century. Idle slaves during the period between seasonal plantings and chores were often hired out by their owners for odd jobs, thus making them a more profitable investment. Light creases with minor pinholes at intersections, else fine. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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