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- 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 Unighted States on board and to each Enquiry We were answered in the negative. And we further certify that We furnished the master of eachVessel with a Certified List of the Negroes on board his Vessel and informed him that he would not be permitted to Land any other Negroes than those mentioned in the List and that if any other Negroes were found on board his Vessel he would be severly punished and that We informed the Agent of Transports of this matter and desired him to use means for returning to this place all Negroes not mentioned in List.

[Signed]: Gilfillan; W. Armstrong; W.S. Smith, Col., on the part of the United States; Samuel Jones, Secretary.