Transcription of the Book of Negroes, 1783

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Catalogue Reference: Transcription of the Book of Negroes, 1783

Coverage From: 1783-04-23

Coverage To: 1783-11-30


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Title: Transcription of the Book of Negroes

Identifier: 2017-061

Creating Agency: Great Britain. Army. --American Colonial Headquarters

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Date of Creation (range): April 23 - November 30, 1783

Description: This accession consists of born-digital transcriptions of the three volumes of the Book of Negroes producted by researcher Ruth Whitehead. The "Book of Negroes," an inspection roll made between April 23 and November 30, 1783, of all blacks leaving New York on British vessels, is of special interest for South Carolina history. When the British evacuated Charleston in December 1782 they transported many black men, women, and children to New York. Congress had instructed General George Washington to secure American property, including slaves, prior to the evacuation of New York, but Sir Guy Carleton promised to honor proclamations of freedom issued by previous commanders and proposed to compensate slaveowners for the loss of property. The inspection roll was prepared by three men assigned by Carleton and a three-man commission appointed by Congress. A large number of the nearly 3,000 blacks described on the roll had come from South Carolina, and the roll includes information on the names and locations of their former owners.

Record Group Title: British Records

Record Group Identifier: 800

Archives Series Title: British headquarters (Sir Guy Carleton) papers

Archives Series Number: B800120

Format(s) Type: Text

Format Details: .pdf

Language: 2017-061

Subject(s): Negroes

Subject(s): Slavery

Subject(s): Evacuation

Rights Holder: None

Access Rights: Public Domain


Transcription of the Book of Negroes, 1783

Object Type: Record

In Collection: British headquarters (Sir Guy Carleton) papers

Transcription of the Book of Negroes, 1783
Transcription of the Book of Negroes, 1783