African American Patriots of the Revolutionary War

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Copy of a letter from Jonathan Allstyne, to the Rev. Mr. Marrant

    Copy of a letter from Jonathan Allstyne, to the Rev. Mr. Marrant, dated Boston, May 23, 1787.

    "Rev Sir,
        "I have just left our friend the Rev. Mr. William Furmadge, whose strong recommendations in your behalf, assures me that you are a worthy soldier and servant of the great Emanuel, and that your exemplary life and pious working for the spiritual welfare of the flock you now lead towards Zion, becomes the shepherd of Isrol.  I am sorry that I did not meet you in your circular visits, as it would have prevented me from troubling you with this invitation of meeting me at Liverpool, about the latter end of July.  I long to converse with you, and to settle means for our correspondence.  Should you have occasion for money to travel with, pray apply to some friend, and I will furnish you (when we meet) with the opportunity to repay them.  Should you be in want of any temporary provision, pray let me know by your answer, and I will send you a supply.  And as I hear that you have a chapel, and that your people are drove to some extremes, you may very probably need some assistance towards its present establishment.  Should that be the case, and you will bring along with you an estimate signed by two or three of the most respected of your followers, I will on account of your brethren at home, enable you to carry your plans in full execution, as I am persuaded that you will obey this brotherly invitation.  Pray bring along with you a lift of your congregation, with the names of those you entrust with the classes.  My reason I shall make known when we meet.  Let me further exhort you my beloved that as you struggled with the difficulties of this temporal tabernacle, to manfully maintain the banner as becomes the true soldier and servant; so that we may jointly hail and receive the prize of immortal bliss, to our eternal and everlasting joy.  Grace be to you, and all of them of whatever denomination that love our Lord, our common father, in sincerity.  Amen, Amen, prays your fellow labourer, brother and servant

    Jonathan Allstyne "P.S. Direct to me at
     Dr. Pembrook's,


      Copy of a Letter fro the Right Honourable the Countess of Huntingdon, to the Rev. Mr. John Marrant, Minister of the Gospel in the secreting connection, dated South Wales, Oct. 25, 1786.

      "I have received with great pleasure your two letters; my ill state of suffering bad health prevents my writing so exactly as I would desire to do, and begging our Lord's tender mercy to make me the means of strengthening your hands in his work, and comforting your heart, that you may abide faithful unto death.  Many must be the tribulations of the diligent in the Lord's service; but faith, true Gospel faith, will cause us to ride out every storm, and sing our great and glorious deliverer's praises for eternity.  I have wrote to inquire after that Mr. Brown you mention, and shall order tickers as you desire, and only writ for you further wants, tickers to send what you want.  I think a faithful account of the spread of the Gospel in England and Wales, would cause you and your society to rejoice in the Lord abundantly.  Remember me in Christian love to all who love the Lord Jesus; and believe me your truly faithful friend, for his sake.

      S. Huntingdon.

      Letter from Benajah Cattins

        A letter from Samuel Skinner regarding the slave of Simeon Perkins' son.

        I have read your letter by Mr. *Boriay concerning the negro boy that Capt. Perkins carried to the West Indies. I have called on Capt. Perkins to know what he has done with the boy, he says was so bad that he couldn't keep him any longer. He did steal in this place and if the law, had been put in force against him he would have been hanged here and he did steal on board the vessel in the West Indies so that he had ten or fifteen pound to pay for the *Dormeg that he had done, and I think it is best that he is out of the province for it will save the trouble of hanging him here.
             Capt. Perkins tells me that he should the remainder of the time. So he is twenty one years old sold to a merchant in Antigua Mr. Stronion a man that is very well known by all the masters of vessels that goes there. Mr. Perkins says if his friends or anybody else is on *carry he will bring him back-

        I am Sir your Honourable Servant
        Benajah Cattins

        Stephen Skinner Esquire

        Document from John Burke

          A letter from John Burke regarding a negro boy named Peter.
          who cannot be delivered to Zebulon Perkins because Peter is in custody.

          I John Burke sign his Majesty's Solicitor General of and in the Caribbean Islands in America do hereby certify that a negro boy named Peter who, I am informed and believe was brought to this Island Antigua by Mr. Gebulon Perkins, and left by him with Nanny Stevenson late of this island _ her but now declared, it was some time ago committed by me to the common goal of this island, to be tried for a burglary and felony-and that the said slave Peter still remains in custody, and cannot now be tried, by Union of the Existence of Martial Law-nor can he be delivered to the said Gebulon Perkins as the said Gebulon Perkins as desired

          Given under my hand
          and seal at St. John in
          Antigua, the 30th day
          of April 1795

          Slave sold to the West Indies

            A letter protesting the export of a slave to the West Indies in defiance of local law

            We have this day received information that a negro my family found to John Stewart and by him transferred to some person in Liverpool has lately been carried off to the West Indies, left bound to some person there.

            The hand Jury earnestly request the Worship full bench would write to the Justices in Liverpool for information on his subject, as a transition of this nature in its hundred of illegality of ? will be production of much injury to the community in preventing the negroes from binding out their children their children in future.


            <div>By Order of the Hand Jury</div>

            April 22 1794

            <div>James Cox, Foreman</div>

            Soyal Hall, St. Andrew's Parish


              A letter from Gideon White (a Shelburne landlord to sharecroppers) in Antigua, expressing dismay at the way the slaves had been emancipated.

              Soyal Hall, St. Andrew's Parish
              29th Febry.1784

              Dear Sir

              By pleased to have the enclosed inserted in the Nova Scotia gazette if it is pleased God you should have the good fortune to reach that show. I should write more to you but it happens with me that I am entirely out of paper and my time very short.
                   I shall invoke it my business to write to you often if I knew to direct. it would have given me great pleasure to have seen you once more before you had taken your departure from Kingston. Pray of your should see Governor Fanning speak of me to him and let him know that I am settled in Jamaica and tell Col. Allen if you please that Governor Campbell has inform Negro free in such a manner that he has great part of them to himself, I have a record of his selling one of mine at at liberty, according from saying now at this since. My best respects of compliments to Col Isaac Allen

              I am Sir
              Your most humble servant yeomen
              Iap. Cary


              Capt. Gideon White,

              Petition for Supplies

                Extract of a letter written at New York, April 15th, 1783, by the committee to Sir Andrew Snape Hamond:

                Our agents at Halifax have acquainted us how much you were pleased to interest yourself in our concerns, and how favorable your representations in our behalf were to the Secretary of State upon your arrival in England; and the manner in which you recommended us to the Governor of Nova Scotia has had visible marks of its efficiency, and we are convinced that through your interposition much good will arise from his attachment to us. These, sir, are matters which we hope will ever have their due effect upon the Association in general, and make the name of Hamond dear to every individual.

                Since your departure from this continent our numbers are increased to upwards of 400 families, among which are some very respectable persons, who, we trust, will add dignity to our settlement. Our application to His Excellency Sir Guy Carleton has been duly attended to. He was pleased to promise us every assistance in his power. We were in hopes he would have granted us some necessary articles for building our houses, farming utensils; &c. But we were told nothing more could be granted than six months' Provisions, and proper Transports would be ready to convey us to Port Roseway by the 15th day of April. It is needless for us to attempt to describe our feelings, nor how much we shall be at a loss for utensils and necessaries for building houses, &c., and what difficulties must attend emigrants in our situation. Your knowledge of the climate will naturally suggest what our sufferings must be and how much embarrassed, without great exertions on our part, to procure some covering from the inclemency of the approaching winter.

                Joseph Durfee, James Dole and Thomas Courtney on behalf of the Association.