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25 June 1783
Sloop Lydia bound for Annapolis Royal Jacob Getcheus, Master

Thomas Tait, 23, stout fellow, almost white, (Major Brown,[?]). Free born at Petersburgh in Virginia. Indented to serve till 21 years of age to John Graham of Petersburgh; left him 5 years.

Hagar Thomson, 22, stout wench, (Major Brown, [?]). Free born at Newark, New Jersey.

Kassey Aitken, 19, stout lad, (Major Brown, [?]). Formerly slave to Joseph Allen of Newark, New Jersey; left him in November 1776.

Henry Bruen, 45, stout fellow, (Major Brown, [?]). Formerly slave to Eliza Bruen of Newark who died about 2 years ago & at his death gave him his freedom.

Peter Huams, 50, stout fellow, (Major Brown, [?]). Formerly slave to Solomon Boslick of New Milford, New Jersey; left him in November 1776.

Eli Atken, 14, stout boy, (Major Brown, [?]). Formerly slave to Joseph Allen of Newark, New Jersey; left him in November 1776.

Hagar Bruen, 44, stout wench, (Major Brown, [?]). Formerly slave to Joseph Allen of Newark, New Jersey; left him in November 1776.

James Johnson, 15, stout lad, (Jacob Getcheus). Formerly slave to Tyna Hudson of Homnwryka, James River, Virginia, from whence he was brought by Lt. Rogers, Royal Artillery, about 2 years ago who hired him to Mr. Prior of the Engineers department who has since hired him to this sloop.

Sloop 3 Friends bound for River St. John's John Stewart, Master

Tom Gunn, 43, stout, pockmarked, (Samuel Wilson). Formerly slave to Enos Gunn of Waterbury, Connecticut.

Richard Movrick, 32, stout likely fellow, (Sam Wilson). Formerly slave to Samuel Movrick of Springfield,Massachusetts, who gave him his freedom & produced a Certificate dated 4 November 1774, signed by Samuel Movrick, Samuel Philips & Dr. White.

Elizabeth Movrick, 27, stout wench, M, (Luther Hathaway). Born free; served her time with Lambert Woodward of Newton, Long Island.

William Johnson, 21, stout likely fellow, (Lt. Richard Holland). Formerly slave to John Chapman of Princess Ann County, Virginia; left him 4 years.

Hannah and, 16, stout wench, (Lt. Richard Holland). Born free in Cow Neck, Long Island, lived with Caleb Merril till within this last year.

Sally her child, 8 months.

Sloop Lydia bound for Annapolis Royal Jacob Getcheus

Charles, 10, fine boy. Samuel Stretch of River St. John's claimant. (Samuel Stretch). Property of Samuel Stretch as per Bill of Sale produced.

Brutus Junius, 42, stout fellow, (John Bridgewater). Formerly slave to James Deveaux in the province of Georgia; joined the British troops upon their landing there in 1778. GBC.

Amey Junius, 35, stout wench, (John Bridgewater). Formerly slave to James Deveaux in the province of Georgia; joined the British troops upon their landing there in 1778. GBC.

Grace her infant, 7 months.

Cato, 25, stout fellow. John Bridgewater of Annapolis Royal, claimant. (John Bridgewater). Property of John Bridgewater who bought him 18 years ago out of a Guinea Ship at New York.

Bristol, 35, stout fellow. Dr Isaac Brown of Annapolis Royal, claimant. (Isaac Brown). Property of Dr. Isaac Brown whose father bought him at One Year Old.

In pursuance of two orders from His Excellency Sir Guy Carleton K. B. General and Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces from Nova Scotia to West Florida inclusive, both dated Head Quarters, New York, the one 15 April 1783 and the other 2nd May, We whose names are hereunto subscribed do certify that we did carefully inspect the aforegoing Vessels on the 25th June 1783 and that on board the said vessels we found the negroes mentioned in the foregoing List amounting to ten men, five woman and five children and to the best of our Judgment believe them to be all the negroes on board the said vessels and we enquired of the Master of each Vessel whether he had any Records, Deeds, Archives or papers or other property of the Citizens of the United States on board and to each Enquiry We were answered in the negative. And we further certify that We furnished each master of a Vessel with a Certified List of the Negroes on board the Vessel and informed him that he would not be permitted to Land in Nova Scotia any other Negroes than those contained on the List and that if any other negroes were found on board the Vessel he would be severely punished and that We informed the Agent for the Transports of this matter and desired him to use means for returning back to this place all negroes not mentioned in the List.

[Signed]: Present at the above Inspection on Behalf of the United States: Daniel Parker; Samuel Jones, Sec'y.; Wilbar Cook, Capt. 37 Regiment; P. Armstrong, DJQM Gen.