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Decision on the Claim of James Reading of New York

READING, James  —  a Black  —  New York

5th Sept. 1783

He lived about 7 Miles from New York, he says he was born free, he is about 40 years of Age, when the troubles broke out he was a Pilot & worked with his Uncle, who was a Pilot.

His Uncle died about two years ago, & left him an House & an Acre & ½ Land at a place called Hell’s Gate near New York, he thinks the House & Land was worth 100 £ being asked whether he can prove this.

He says Mr. MILLER knows & he is therefore desired to procure a Certificate of it, from Mr. MILLER, he served several years as a Pilot to the British Ships, he lost no other property, he has been married & has one Daughter who is in America, but his Wife is Dead, he says that Mr. MILLER knew him & knew his Situation.

He is desired, therefore to procure a Certificate from Mr. MILLER of his Services & property.

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Entd.  —  Decision

The whole of this Case, depending upon the Certificate of Mr. MILLER, which is not produced, we conclude that it cannot be produced as a Month has elapsed since it was required & therefore we think that we shall do no injustice to Mr. READING in saying that he is not entitled to expect any thing from Government.

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 12, Volume 99, folios 140-141.

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