SIR GUY CARLETON PAPERS PANS MFM*101429-DOCUMENT"10427
HEADQUARTERS: NEW YORK 15 April,1783 ORDERS
It is the Cornrnander-in-Chief's order that the following extract
from the Seventh Article of the Provisional Treaty between Great Britain
and the United States, be strictly attended to and complied with,
by all persons whatsoever under His command.
And His Brittanic Majesty shall with all convenient speed and without
causing any destruction or carrying away any Negroes or other property
of the American Tnhabitants, withdraw out His services, provisions
and fleets from the said United States and from every post, place
and harbour within the _____ ,leaving in place any fortification,the
American artillery that may be therein, and shall also order and cause
all the archives, records, deeds and papers belonging to any of the
said States or their citizens, which in the courfie of the war, may
have been taken into the hands of the Officers, to be forthwith restored
and delivered to the proper States and persons to whom they belong.
All Masters of Negroes are particularly cautioned at their_____ not
to commit any breach of the above Article.
The Commander-in-chief has been pleased to appoint certain ___ of
the Royal Navy: Captains Gifillan and Armstrong ,Assistant Deputy
Quarter-General on His part and who has obligattwns to HopThins and
Parker Esquires, that they have at His request undertaken Until proper
persons shall be authorized by Congress to attend to the part of America
where intends all embarkations and see that the above stipulations
are strictly observed.
Three of those gentlemen are hereby fully empowered to act as American
agents, always being present and considered as one of that number.
Any person claiming property embarked or to be embarked, will apply
to any of these gentlemen, who will call a Board to examine into the
merits of their claims should any doubts arise on examination, the
circumstances of the case to be minuted-down so as to furnish proper
evidences to Commissioners, who may hereafter be appointd on both
sides to adjust and settle all claims and comprimises between the
parties as approved______for this purpose.
Three of these gentlemen will please to examine every transport vessel
to be sailing to prevent any evasion of their order.
The Refugees and all Masters of Negroes will be attentive that no
Negro is permitted to embark as a Refugee who has not recorded himself
within the British Lines do not receive passport.
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