"In regard to buying of Negroes, I would choose men-boys and girls, none exceeding 16 or 18 years old, as full grown men or women seldom turn out well; and besides, they shave the men so close and gloss them over so much that a person cannot be certain he does not buy old Negroes. Have observed those with cut faces (Chamboys I think they call them) do not do vastly well at Egypt plantation, yet as that may only be by chance, have no great objection to them.
Have also observed that many new Negroes, who are bought fat and sleek from aboard the ship, soon fall away much in a plantation, whereas those which are in a moderate condition hold their flesh better and are commonly hardier.
Sukey: 4 foot 8 inches tall, about 14 years old, I put her to live with Job.
Maria: 4 foot 11 inches tall, about 15 years old. Country name Ogo. I put her with Lucy.
Pompey: 4 foot 9 inches tall, about 16 years old. Country name Oworia, a Coromante. Put to live with Plato.
Will: 5 foot 3 inches tall, about 22 years old. Country name Sawnno, alias Dowotronny.
(All of them were sent off to Egypt plantation as quickly as possible, arriving there by 8pm) as the smallpox is prodigiously here at Lucea. (I gave the sailor who brought them ashore 4 bitts, and provided them with 14 bitts worth of bread and saltfish.)" (source: Liverpool Museum of International Slavery, UK)