Black Loyalists' Claims Refused


These claims for compensation by Black Loyalists are typical of those in the register of the Parliamentary Commission. The documents shown here refer to the cases of John Jackson, Prince Prince and Anthony Smithers, none of whom received payment from the Commission. In Jackson's case, the Commission's attitude is explicit:

'He like all the other Blacks pretends to be freeborn in which Circumstance likewise we Conclude that we are deceived for probably in fact (instead of being Sufferers by the War) most of them have gained their Liberty and therefore come with every ill grace to ask for the bounty of Government.'

These accounts also give an insight into the experiences of the Loyalists during the war.

AO 12/99, f. 83 (3 Sept 1783)
AO 12/99, f. 29 (3 Sept 1783)
AO 12/99, f. 361 (1 Sept 1783)


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