Official Documents and Proclamations
The full text of the crucial proclamation that started all these events in motion.
The Virginia Assembly's response to Dunmore, condemning him for endangering the safety of these poor innocent negroes.
The full text of the final 1783 peace treaty.
Guy Carleton's instructions to give certificates of freedom to those blacks who could fulfill the Philipsburg criteria.
Presented online for the first time, the full text of the list of blacks evacuated from New York at the end of the war.
The full list of Blacks mustered in Birchtown in 1784.
Text and image of one of General Birch's Certificates.
A letter describing the initial survey of Brindley Town and describing the conditions there.
A assault charge against one George Johnston (or against her?)
A muster list of the blacks at Annapolis and Digby in 1784.
The Handbill that was posted to promote the Sierra Leone Colony.
Hildrith and Burling's bill for the surveying of Birchtown.
A complex deal involving the indenture of Jupiter Farmer to George Harding in return for a town lot.
Joseph Wesley sells his slave Lucy to William Taylor.
John Harris Indentures himself to William Stone.
James Horton indentures himself and his family for six years.
Official records for Jupiter Farmer's estate in 1829.
Jupiter Farmer's Last Will and Testament.
Purchase agreement where David George buys a farm lot from James Masimore for 17 shillings in 1785.
Mary Postell's sworn statement declaring here freedom in her court case.
Stephen Blucke's petition that money be granted to repair the road from Birchtown to Shelburne.
A list of the indentured servants in Shelburne in 1784, prepared for the audit of the abuse of King's Bounty in 1784.
Muster list of Colonel Blucke's company of Black Pioneers in Birchtown.
Stephen Blucke is ordered to pay a fine of one shilling for an unnamed offence.
Jacob Aaron, a black man, purchases two town lots around Birchtown in 1797.
A partial transcription of the petition Stephen Blucke developed in 1791 in order to try and obtain land and livestock for those blacks who would remain in Nova Scotia.