Songs and music associated with the Negro and published in America before 1820 are extremely rare. The earliest mention of a negro song being done in character is DEAR HEART! WHAT A TERRIBLE LIFE AM I LED, sung by Lewis Hallam the younger in Bickerstaffe's "The Padlock" on May 29, 1769 at the theatre in John Street, New York. Mr. Hallam appeared in the character of Mungo.
BONJA SONG. J. A. & W. Geib. New York. [ca. 1818]
A Favorite Negro Air For The Piano-Forte, Dedicated To Georgeiana. 4 pp., p. 4 blank. Plate Mark 26 at bottom of p. 1 only.
CELEBRATED NEGRO MARCH IN PAUL AND VIRGINIA, THE. I. and M. Paff. New York. [ca. 1800]
[Music by] Reeve.  leaf.
DESPONDING NEGRO, THE. Carr & Co. Philadelphia. 
A Favorite Song. Price 20 Cents  pp., pp. 1 and 4 blank.
DO I DO I DON'T DO NOTHING. G. Willig Baltimore. 1825
Negro Song. Arranged by an Amateur.  leaf.
I SOLD A GUILTLESS NEGRO BOY. [ W. Norman. Boston. ca. 1796]
A Sentimental Ballad. Composed by Mr. Moulds. 4 pp., pp. 1 and 4 blank, pp. 2 and 3 numbered 14 and 15. MOORISH MARCH is included on lower half of page 15. These two pages are from "Norman's Musical Repertory," advertised in the Columbian Centinel, August 24, 1796 as "The Musical Repository."
¶ Same words and music as THE NEGRO BOY.
* MASSA GEORGEE WASHINGTON AND GENERAL LA FAYETTE. E. Riley. New York. 1824
As sung in Character, by Mr. Roberts, with unrivalled applause; at the Theatre, Chatham Gardens. Written & Composed by Micah Hawkins. Engraver and artist: D. C. Johnston. 8 pp., pp. 2 and 8 blank, pp. 6 and 7 contain only verses and talk.
Illustration: Mr. Roberts in black-face, portraying General Washington. Dressed in Continental officer's uniform, sword held at salute.