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Decision on the Claim of Black London of Massachusetts

LONDON, Black  —  a Black  —  Boston

29th Sepr. 1783

He lived in Boston in America, he says he was free born, he lived with John Sterling who was a Barber & served his time to shaving & dressing,

we was compelled to take up Arms in the Militia for the Americans about 7 Years ago

he remain’d about 6 Months with them he then deserted & came to the British & was examined before Sr. Henry CLINTON

since that time he has been four years in the Kings Service & has served on Board two Ships.

he had no property in America, he was paid off about 6 Weeks ago & got the pay for the last Ship that he was in but he says that he has never recd. his pay for the time he served in the first Ship & that when he went to Broad Street to receive it, they told him that it had been paid to some Persons who had forged his Name which made him think of applying here for Support.

No further Attendance required to such a Case.

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Entd.  —  Decision

This Man tells a very incredible Story respecting the pay Due to him whilst he served on Board the first Ship & which he says has been fraudulently received by another Person, but supposing it to be true it has no reference to this enquiry he states no Case & no Losses & therefore is clearly not entitled to expect any thing from Government.

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 12, Volume 99, folios 86–87.

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