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Thomas Bluett
Some Memoirs of the Life of Job, the Son of Solomon, the High Priest of Boonda in Africa; Who was a Slave About Two Years in Maryland; and Afterwards Being Brought to England, was Set Free, and Sent to His Native Land in the Year 1734
London: Printed for R. Ford, 1734.


Thomas Bluett compiled Some Memoirs of the Life of Job (1734) about a native African slave. As a child and young man, Job enjoyed elite status in the kingdom of Futa, Africa. However, he was betrayed and sold into slavery and endured its trials for two years after landing in Annapolis, Maryland. He became free in his early 30s, although the narrative does not specify by what means. Through the assistance of Thomas Bluett and others, Job sailed for England. He learned English and became friends with members of the English gentry, including Lord Montague, for whom Bluett wrote the work. Bluett describes Job's experiences in America and England and includes some information about Job's appearance and personality. He also elaborates on African customs, religion, and traditions.

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