Aug. 8, 1688

“An Act for the Governing of Negroes,” passed by the Council and Assembly of Barbados [Present-day Barbados]: “XVII. – […] Be it therefore enacted . . . that no person of the Hebrew nation residing in any Sea-port Town of [sic] Island, shall keep or employ any Negro or other Slave, be he Man or Boy, for any use or service whatsoever, more than one Negro or other Slave, Man or Boy, to be allowed to each of the persons of the said Nation, excepting such as are denizened by His Majesty’s Letter Patent, and not otherwise, who are to keep no more than for their own use, as shall be approved of by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Assembly: And if any Negro, Man or Boy, more than is before allowed by this Act, shall be found three months after the publication hereof, in the custody, possession or use of any of the persons aforesaid, then every such person or persons shall forfeit such Negro or other Slave; one moiety of the value thereof, to whomsoever shall inform, and the other moiety to his Majesty to the use in this act appointed.”
Friedenwald, Herbert. Material for the History of the Jews in the British West Indies. Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society, No. 5 (1897), pp. 45-101. Page 97. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 5/14/2020