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Memorial of Benjamin Whitecuff of New York

To The Commissioners appointed by Act of
Parliament for enquiring into the Losses and
Services of the American Loyalists.

The Memorial of Benjamin WHITECUFF a Black Man


That your Memorialist was employed as a Spy under Sir William ASCOUGH [ERSKINE], and during that time saved above 2000 Troops under the Command of General CLINTON, upon the Road to Trent Town and New York and was at all times very Assiduous and successful in the part he undertook,

untill he was taken by the Rebels at Cranbury in the Jerseys who Hung Your Memorialist untill he was Cut down near Dead by the Light Company Commanded by Captain GORE of the 5th Regiment.

Your Memorialist went with the Light Company to New York.

He then embarked at Staten Island to proceed to Virginia and the Vessel he was in was taken by the Rebels and carried to the Grenades where he was again Condemned and sent for Boston to be Hung there

but was happily Taken by the Brig Eagle Privateer of Liverpool who carried him to Tortola from whence he came to England to seek Refuge and entered on Board His Majestyís Armíd Brig St. Philips Castle and was at the Defence of Mahon,

from thence he went to Gibralter where he served in the Hottest of the Siege under Brigadier CURTIS and at the end of the War was discharged.

In consequence of Your Memorialistís strickt Attachment to the British Government he Lost Sixty Acres of Land near Hemstead in the Kings County Long Island worth about 120 £ Sterling and one Yoak of Oxen and Cart worth about £ 11.

Your Memorialist therefore prays that his Case may be taken into your Consideration, in order that your Memorialist may be enabled, under your Report, to receive such Aid or Relief as his Losses and Services may be found to deserve.

[Benjamin WHITECUFF]

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 13, Volume 56, folio 628.

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