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John Weiss <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 6 Jul 1998 21:18:08 -0700
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carol kammen wrote:
>         The tally of slaves in New York is given in the 1855 census, county
> by county.  This is not a perfect number but is probably a close count.
> And of course, not all African Americans were freed in 1827; those under
> age were continued until they reached maturity.

I am grateful to you for this information. I had been led to believe that in
1827 earlier legislation took effect that freed all remaining slaves in New
York State. Evidently my informant, whom I took to be an expert in slavery law,
gave me an incomplete picture.

I have already looked at the numbers in the 1820 and 1830 censuses and presumed
that slaves shown for 1830 came from other states.

John Weiss <[log in to unmask]>
Researching the four thousand Black Americans
who took their freedom in the War of 1812