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Black Pioneers
Innes to Crosbie

New York 6th Novr. 1778

Dear Crosbie

The Bearer Mr. [Daniel] MANSON has been drove from Charles Town, with the wreck of a very good fortune from his attachment to Government. He was taken by the Rose Capt. Reid at whose instance he has undergone a Severe Persecution in the Admiralty but by the justice and the sanity of the Judge has been acquitted and saved his little Property.

So much by way of introduction to the request I am going to make.

This Poor Man has found one of his Negroes in the Black Company. The fellow loves his master and would wish to go to him, as [torn] requests I will prefer his humble [torn] to the General to order him to be restored. If you will be so good mention this affair to His Excy. You will much Oblige Yours Sincerely

Alex: INNES


To Major CROSBIE
   Aid de Camp to
His Excy. The Commr. in Chief


[endorsed]
If the Negro wishes it, I
have no objection.



Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 13, Volume 98, folio 330.

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