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. Negro slavery in the northern colonies. ntemptible point of view, and not equal to their troops; and they would therefore be unwilling that we should have credit for them, as for an equal number of white troops; and would also give occasion to our enemies that we are not h able to procure our own people to oppose them in the fie^d; and toretort upon ur the same hind of ridicule we so liberally bestowedupon them, on account of Dunraores regiment of blacks; or possiblymight suggest to them the idea of employing black regiments againstus. 3d.The expense of purchasing and enlisting said regiment

. Negro slavery in the northern colonies. ntemptible point of view, and not equal to their troops; and they would therefore be unwilling that we should have credit for them, as for an equal number of white troops; and would also give occasion to our enemies that we are not h able to procure our own people to oppose them in the fie^d; and toretort upon ur the same hind of ridicule we so liberally bestowedupon them, on account of Dunraores regiment of blacks; or possiblymight suggest to them the idea of employing black regiments againstus. 3d.The expense of purchasing and enlisting said regiment Stock Photo
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. Negro slavery in the northern colonies. ntemptible point of view, and not equal to their troops; and they would therefore be unwilling that we should have credit for them, as for an equal number of white troops; and would also give occasion to our enemies that we are not h able to procure our own people to oppose them in the fie^d; and toretort upon ur the same hind of ridicule we so liberally bestowedupon them, on account of Dunraores regiment of blacks; or possiblymight suggest to them the idea of employing black regiments againstus. 3d.The expense of purchasing and enlisting said regiment, inthe manner proposed, will vastly exceed the expenses of raising anequal number of white men; and at the same time will not have thelike good effect. 4th. Great difficulties and uneasiness will arise in purchasingthe negroes from their masters; and many of the masters will not besatisfied with any prices allowed. John Northup, George Peirce, James Babcok, Jr Sylvester Gardn er, Othniel Corton, Samuel Babcock. R. I. Col. Rec. VIII, 358.. Feb. 1785. An Act for the support of the paupers .-ho heretofore were slaves, and enlisted into the Continental batfel/ion. Whereas, during the late war, it was thought expedient by thelegislature to raise a corps to serve in the Continental battal/lons, by enlisting the slaves within this state; and whereas, since disband-i|ing the said corps, many of the raid soldiers have become sick, andotherwise unable to maintain themselves; and as they have gained nolegal place of settlement, it is necessary that provision should bemade for their support, and that no particular town should be over-burthened with them: therefore, Be it enacted by this General Assembly, and by the authoritythereof it is enacted, that when and so often as it shall happen, that any Indian, negro, or mulatto, who wap heretofore a slave, andenlisted into and served in the Continental battalions in pay of thisstate, b*r virtue of an act of this Assembly passed at the sessionin Fe

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