1783, British Troop Transport, Hms Providence, Signed Pay Order, New York
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1783, British Troop Transport, Hms Providence, Signed Pay Order, New York:
This is a wonderful, original document,New York, dated 1783, where James Harris has signed as having received pay from John Ritchie for 6 months and 7 days wages. Document is 4x6, folds, in overall fine shape.
Captain John Ritchie was the Master of the ship Providence‚ a British ship under contract with the Navy Board to transport troops to America. The Providence was owned by English merchant Nathaniel Bayles, by the 1780s the Providence had been hired by the navy and become a Transport taking troops over to fight in the war in North America. The Providence transported Hessian and Scottish regiments as well as supplies needed in New York.
New York was under embargo by the surrounding colonies and the only way to get fresh supplies was from the local sympathizers or from England and her colonies.
As a side note, the National Archives has a grouping of letters from the Ship Providence showing that the Providence was also a slave ship.Title of the archive in the National Archives is as follows....."John Ritchie, captain of ship Providence: corresp to Nathaniel Bayles of Newcastle while sailing between New York and Jamaica, voyage accounts, crew wages lists, slave cargoes and the Providence's involvement in the American War of Independence 1780-1782 ". .
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