No matter how many I see, I still get the chills when reading and handling a bill of sale for a person. We recently acquired just such a document. Benjamin Payne of Hartford sold a Negro Woman named Minnah to Samuel Forbes of Canaan for fifty-two pounds, ten shillings. This particular bill of sale caught our attention because Samuel Forbes, of the iron manufacturing firm Forbes & Adam, freed his slaves sometime around the Revolution, and his account books (which was recently acquired) are filled with customers he identified as “Negro”, individuals who were obviously freemen. One cannot help but wonder why Forbes had such a dramatic change of heart about owning human beings in an apparently short span of time.