From 1768 to 1776, William Colhoun was a chief mate on slave ships that sailed from Glasgow to West Africa, the Carribean and the British colonies of Maryland and Virginia. Below is one of a series of letters he wrote to his sister Betty, who was back in Glasgow. In this letter, he promises his sister a young slave girl as a servant.
I have a very fine girl about twelve years of age. I have had her eighteen months with me and she is very smart and will learn anything... Betty will accept her in her home...she can speak good English.