Black Loyalists Receive Compensation


George Peters and Walter Harris, whose cases are shown here, were among the few Black Loyalists who received compensation from the British government. Peters was exceptional - in his case an annual payment of £10 was granted. Other successful Black claimants received lump sums. These records show how it was often necessary for them to enlist the support of members of the British aristocracy - Lord Cornwallis and Sir William Howe in these cases - in order to have their claims recognised.

AO 12/102, f. 26 (2 Dec 1786)
AO 12/101, f. 288 (23 Dec 1785)
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