Nova Scotia Archives

African Nova Scotians

in the Age of Slavery and Abolition

Establishment of the Negroes in Nova Scotia Appendix 20


To the Honble House of Representatives now in General Assembly at Halifax

The Memorial of the People of Colour Settled at Preston
Humbly Sheweth

      That nearly all Memorialists were settled or located on their lands as early as the years 1815 and 1816.

      That they were led to expect that their lands would be granted to them in. three years after they had occupied them by licence, and they received licence tickets accordingly.

      That although they have repeatedly applied for their Grant, they have not received it untill (sic) this late period and are still occupying their lands, without any title except their possession. That many of your Memorialists are put to great loss and inconvenience, by not having their grant. That your Memorialists are generally exceadingly (sic) poor, and ignorant of what is their rights. And that they submit their case to the known justice and liberallity (sic) of your Honorable House.

      Whereupon Memorialists humbly pray that your honorable house will take their case into your wise consideration and take such measures that Memorialists may receive a grant for the land which they have been so long improving, to include all the land which they occupy in Preston, by tickets of location, by orders of survey, and by other authority emanating from Government.

      (64 marks and signatures affixed)

      (The Lieut. Governor desires that all the Black People who have got Tickets of Location in this Province for lands may immediately be confirmed in the same agreeable to the Directions of the Government.)

transcribed by Nova Scotia Archives staff 2004

Date: Publication No. 8, Halifax, N.S., The Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1948

Author: Prepared by C.B. Fergusson, Assistant Archivist under the direction of D.C. Harvey, Archivist

Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records  Nova Scotia Archives  RG 1 vol. 422, no. 46 (microfilm no. 15463)