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Warner, Samuel

Nicholas Brown & Co. to Warner, Samuel; April 7, 1761

In addition to launching at least a thousand transatlantic slaving voyages, Rhode Island merchants routinely trafficked in small lots of slaves in the course of trading expeditions to the southern colonies or Caribbean. The following document, dated April 7, 1761, is a letter of instructions from the Brown brothers to Samuel Warner, captain of their sloop George, for a voyage to Surinam, a Dutch colony on the coast of South America. The letter instructs Warner to use the proceeds from sale of his cargo to purchase molasses, duck (coarsely woven cotton fabric), and bills of exchange, as well as six "Young male Slaves from twelve years and upwards."