Nova Scotia Archives

African Nova Scotians

in the Age of Slavery and Abolition

British Army officer William Moorsom's conversation with a black refugee settler of Hammonds Plains


Many contemporary observers assumed that the refugees did not understand that freedom entailed responsibilities and obligations. This interview makes it clear that the refugees' understanding of freedom rested on the idea of payment for work.

Date: [1829]

Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  William Moorsom, Letters From Nova Scotia: Comprising Sketches of a Young Country (London, 1830), p. 126 (F100 / M78) (microfilm no. 3870)