“James Delancey, Esquire, of Annapolis, in the Province of Nova Scotia, had a [Black] slave, named Jack, who run away from his service without leave, and went to Halifax, above an hundred miles distant from Annapolis, where he was taken into the service of a Mr. Wooden on wages.
On hearing this, Col. Delancy directed his Attorney to write to Mr. Wooden, informing him, that the [Black man] belonged to Mr. Delancey, and that if he detained him, an action would be brought against him for so doing. To which Mr. Wooden’s Attorney returned for answer, that the [Black man] in question was indeed retained by Mr. Wooden in his service, but that he, as well as all other [Black people] in this Province, were Freemen; there not being any other law here to make them otherwise.”
Opinions of Several Gentlemen of the Law, On the Subject of Negro Servitude, In the Province of Nova-Scotia. St. John [N.B.]: Printed by John Ryan …, 1802. https://hdl.handle.net/2027/aeu.ark:/13960/t2r50p677