An inventory of all the goods and chatels of the estate of Mr. John Cant …
the first day of June 1694 …
Middlesex County, 3 September 1694.

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This early American manuscript inventory records ” all the goods and chatels of the estate of Mr. John Cant “of Middlesex County Virginia ,on 1st June 1694.The son of Major David Cant, John Cant is recorded as a burger of Middlesex County in 1692. The text begins with a record of his nine slaves, six men and three women (“negroe Sam, negroe Sambo, negroe Jak …”). A n indentured servant, “An English lad named Robert Brown, six years to serve” is also listed.

The list of chattels includes “one large feather bed new and good … two court cuberts, one good table, ten old leather chairs …two pairs of fire tongues, one fire shuffell, one large new looking glass … one smoothing iron … six pounds one ounce three quarters of silver … three horses, two mares and a coult … “and various other accoutrements and fabrics.

Significant numbers of African slaves were brought to Virignia in the seventeenth century, and the present document is a valuable original record of the slave trade.


Folio (15.5 x 3 9 cm), manuscript, ink on single sheet of paper. Signed off at foot (Robert Dudley, John Smith, Edwin Thacker), a few closed tears along folds, some old ink burns not affecting legibility, part of watermark visible (a horn), paper lightly toned, edges uncut.



Stock ID: 92358