We have taken pains to transcribe a number of original historical documents so that you can develop a sense of what life was like for the Black Loyalists. We have taken particular pains to transcribe those personal accots that exist of their lives.
We freely encourage anyone who finds these transcriptions useful to include them in their own sites or cite them in their research papers, although we request that you include a link to this site if you do so. We hope that making primary sources available in this manner will encourage scholoarship in this fascinating field.
A particularly facinating story of the life of one Black Loyalist's experiences in slavery, military service, and as a religious leader.
Tells the remarkable story of David George, the celebrated founder of the African Baptist Church in both Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone.
Tells the story of Marrant's ministry as a Calvinist Methodist in Nova Scotia, and the many trials he faced while preaching here.
This chronicle tells the story of John Clarkson's voyage to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to recruit settlers for the Sierra Leone Colony. Includes many descriptions of Black Loyalist life at the time and letters from some of the participants.
An invaluable resources for understanding the circumstances of Shelburne's settlement. In particular, it contains descriptions of the events around the founding of Birchtown and leading up to the Shelburne Riot.
From the diary of one of Shelburne's commander comes one of the only surviving descriptions of Birchtown and it's secular leader, Colonel Stephen Blucke.
A brief excerpt describing Birchtown a a 'wretched place'.
A short letter petitioning the chief magistrate to release one Thomas Foster from prison.
Invitation to Marrant to visit Liverpool
Official Documents and Proclamations