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The Pilot, Trap

These are to certify the Principal Officers and Commissioners of His Majesty's Navy, that a Negro Man named Trap the property of Capt. William LYFORD was sent on board His Majestys Armed Galley Fire Fly under my Command by order of His Excellency Sir James WRIGHT as Pilot in the Month of July 1781 the Said Galley then being detached up Savanah River under the direction of Capt. CREYK of His Majestys Sloop Otter, and I do further certify that the said Negro Trap, was born upon the Books of His Majestys said Gally Fire Fly under my command untill August following when he died.

Given under my hand this 1st day of September 1781--

James HOWE Lt. Commd.

Fire Fly
Savannah River

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 13, Volume 34, folio 493.

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