Five of the Deputies
of the Blacks &c appeared before this Committee and represented
that the Blacks in general were not inclined to go to any
of the Bahama Islands, apprehending that they cannot find
a support there, but that they are willing to go to Sierra
Leona, and in confidence of their being, able to live there
and obtain their Bread in comfort they mentioned a Person
now residing in London who is a native of that country and
gives them assurance that all the natives are fond of the
English & would receive them joyfully.
desired to attend this Committee next Friday at 1 O'Clock
prepared with a Detail in writing of what he knows of Sierra
Leona, that from thence, if it should be thought fit and proper,
a Report may be made to the Lords of the Treasury for their
Resolution in case their Lordships should revert to the Plan
of Sierra Leona as the fittest accommodation for the Blacks
or otherwise to adhere to the Design of the Bahama Islands.
That a distinct List be made
of the Asiatic Blacks on the Printed Paper, specifying their
Age and Employment when they were brought into this country
and by whom, with a view to communicate the same to the Directors
of the East India Company, also a List of such as were brought
over in the King's Ships, and that a Duplicate of each be
respectively supplied to the Court of Directors of the East
India Company and also the Navy Board.
That a Copy of these Minutes
be sent to George Rose Esq[uire]
Adjourned to Friday the 28th. Inst.