On this day in 1776, a Saturday, Landon Carter—several of whose slaves, led by a man named Moses, had recently run away—entered the following into his diary:
The first real summer heat—for it obliges me to wear but one pair of thin stockings.
Much is said of the slavery of negroes, but how will servants be provided in these times? Those few servants that we have don’t do as much as the poorest slaves we have. If you free the slaves, you must send them out of the country or they must steal for their support.
The story of Dunmore’s reinforcement turns out to be a lie, a vessel only brought home some prisoners from Ireland.