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Ship: The [?] and [?], Hayston, bound for Portsmouth,
No negroes or American property of any kind.

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 22nd May, We whose names are
hereunto subscribed do certify that we did carefully
inspect the aforegoing Vessels on the 13th June 1783 and
that on board the said vessels we found the Negroes
mentioned in the foregoing List amounting to fourteen men,
Eleven Woman and nine 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.

Transports of this matter and desired him to use means for
returning back to this place all Negroes not mentioned in
the Lists.

[Signed]: W.S. Smith; Samuel Jones, Secretary; Wilbar Cook,
Captain 37th Regiment; T. Gilfillan, DQM Gen.