This document demonstrates that black refugees behind British lines needed passports to escape from America after the War of Independence. Indeed, some without passports were returned to their place of origin, which meant a return to slavery. Also, it makes clear that Ramsay initiated his freedom by escaping to the British lines, which certainly put his life at risk.
Date: 21 April 1783
Reference: Gideon White family fonds Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 948 no. 196 (microfilm no. 14960)
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