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Bound for Sierra Leone
T 1/638, no. 249


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Memorandum of Agreement made this Sixth day of October In the year of our Lord One thousand seven Hundred and Eighty six And in the twenty seventh year of the Reign of His most excellent Majesty King George the Third over Great Britain & in manner and form following (that is to say) We the undersigned do hereby undertake Contract and agree to and with Joseph Irwin (Conductor of a certain intended Settlement or Colony to be situated on the Grain Coast of Africa and to be called "The Land of Freedom" under the Protection of and by the Encouragement and support of the British Government as follows Viz. We the Men Women and Children whose Names are undersigned being Seamen Labourers and of various other descriptions (receiving the Charity from the Humanity of the British Government) for and in Consideration of the several Sums of money already had and received and of the Emoluments Liberties and Priviledges found and provided for such of us as may choose and wish to be happily Settled on the said Grain Coast of Africa and for divers other good causes and Considerations us hereunto severally especially moving Have and each and every of us Hath undertaken agreed and contracted and by these presents Do and each and every of us Doth undertake Agree and Contract to and with the said Joseph Irwin To Assist in Navigating and doing such work as we are severally capable of doing Or as the said Joseph Irwin shall reasonably direct on board of the Ship or vessell called the Bellisarius of London Captain Seal Or on board of the Ship or Vessell called the Atlantic of London (late the Dennis) Captain Muirhead which said Ships or Vessells are now lying in the River Thames bound shortly by Gods Permission from the Port of London to Sierra Leona on the Grain Coast of Africa or on board of either of them And We do also severally undertake agree and contract to go be and continue on board of the said Ships or Vessells or either of them on or before the Twentieth day of October Instant And He the said Joseph Irwin in Consideration thereof (and by the approbation of the Committee appointed for this Charitable purpose) Doth hereby undertake agree and Contract with all and every the undersigned Men Women and Children to find and provide for all and each of them The necessary Cloathing Good Provisions and all other reasonable Necessaries for and during the said intended passage and Voyage And also for Four Months after the arrival of the said Ship or Vessell or Ships or Vessells on the Grain Coast of Africa aforesaid agreeable to a plan published by the late Mr. Henry Smeathman deceased by the direction of the said Committee reference being thereunto had will more fully and at large appear And also shall and will provide for all and every of the undersigned Men Women and Children proper Certificates of their being Loyal Subjects to His said Majesty King George the Third his Heirs and successors to be printed on Parchment and deliver them in a Tin Box in order to preserve the same As Witness our Hands the day and Year first above written.
Joseph Irwin
1.
John Walter Harris
31.
Mary Smith
2.
John Wilson
32.
John Jacob
3.
Louis Latouch
33.
George Isaac
4.
Charles Stoddart
34.
Rob[er]t Moore
5.
William Gorman
35.
Rob[er]t Clayton
6.
John Smith
36.
Peter Harris
7.
John William Ramsey
37.
Eliz[abe]th Ramsey
8.
Abra[ha]m Elliot Griffith
38.
James Harris
9.
John Mandeville
39.
James Brown
10.
James Strong
40.
John Wells
11.
Thomas Holder
41.
John Skinner
12.
James Read
42.
Peter Grant
13.
William Johnson
43.
John Steward
14.
Will[ia]m Green
44.
Dan[ie]l Mooree
15.
Joshua Brown
45.
Rich[ar]d Gutterow
16.
Joseph Poole
46.
John Murray
17.
James Johnson
47.
Tho[ma]s Woodley
18.
George Newton
48.
James Johnston
19.
Lewis Rose
49.
Tim[othy] Allenby
20.
Jacob Jackson
50.
W[illia]m Collinson
21.
Paul Clarke
51.
David Allington
22.
William Reper
52.
Pat[ric]k Lawson
23.
Aaron Brooks
53.
David Davidson
24.
William Green
54.
Ab[raha]m Lumley
25.
Eliz[abe]th Green
55.
James Nesbit
26.
Eliz[abe]th Peazer
56.
Anth[on]y Smith
27.
Ben[jami]n Brown
57.
Tho[ma]s Nottingham
28.
Joseph Innis
58.
John Adams
29.
Thomas Peter
59.
Rob[er]t Young
30.
John Morris
60.
William Kelly

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