Added: February 14, 2015 – Last updated: May 16, 2015


Author: Arthur

Title: The Life, and Dying Speech of Arthur, a Negro Man; Who Was Executed at Worcester, October 10, 1768. For a Rape Committed on the Body of One Deborah Metcalfe

Subtitle: -

Place: Boston

Publisher: Printed and sold in Milk-Street (presumably printed by John Kneeland and Seth Adams who were located in Milk-Street from 1765 to 1772)

Year: 1768

Pages: 1 sheet

OCLC: 64723734 – Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 18th Century | U.S. History | Cases: Offenders / Arthur; Cases: Victims / Deborah Metcalfe; Offenders: Slaves, Testimonies


Link: Documenting the American South (Free Access)


Abstract: »This 1768 broadside is the confession of Arthur, a slave, and recounts his short life and many crimes. He was caught, convicted, and punished often for crimes such as theft and burglary. He was also guilty of drunkenness, lewdness, and escaping from his masters. In the end, Arthur repents of his wrongdoings and asks forgiveness from God and the many people he harmed.« (Source: Doumenting the American South)

Note: Text transcribed by Elizabeth Wright.