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Boston King's Memoirs

A particularly fascinating story of the life of one Black Loyalist's experiences in slavery, military service, and as a religious leader.

David George's A Life

Tells the remarkable story of David George, the celebrated founder of the African Baptist Church in both Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone.

John Marrant's Journal

Tells the story of Marrant's ministry as a Calvinist Methodist in Nova Scotia, and the many trials he faced while preaching here.

John Marrant's A Narrative of the Lord's Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, A Negro

Marrants account of his conversion to Christianity, his remarkable experiences with the Cherokee Indians, and his service in the British Navy.

John Clarkson's Clarkson's Mission to America

This chronicle tells the story of John Clarkson's voyage to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to recruit settlers for the Sierra Leone Colony. Includes many descriptions of Black Loyalist life at the time and letters from some of the participants.

Benjamin Marston's Journal

An invaluable resources for understanding the circumstances of Shelburne's settlement. In particular, it contains descriptions of the events around the founding of Birchtown and leading up to the Shelburne Riot.

Excerpt from William Booth's Diary

From the diary of one of Shelburne's commander comes one of the only surviving descriptions of Birchtown and it's secular leader, Colonel Stephen Blucke.

Excerpt from William Dyott's Diary

A brief excerpt describing Birchtown a a 'wretched place'.

Excerpt from William Jessop's Diary

A brief description of the traveling Methodist preachers visit to Birchtown.

Cover of John Marrant's Narrative
Cover of Marrant's Narrative