Letter from John Tracy to John Hancock, 7 December 1791
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John Tracy writes to Massachusetts Governor John Hancock, 7 December 1791, on behalf of Captain Wells, a merchant of Newburyport, aboard whose ship Susan a runaway slave had concealed himself in Guadaloupe. Tracy is seeking assistance for Captain Wells from the governor to indemnify him from prosecution in the West Indies. Slavery still existed in the West Indies after it was abolished in Massachusetts, and the merchants of the Commonwealth carried on an extensive trade with the islands.