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The practical importance of this branch of the subject at the pre-

sent time, 89-90.

In Massachusetts, in the earlier stages of the Revolution, negroes

appear as acting with white citizens against the British, 90–97.- The
“Boston Massacre" and Crispus Attucks, 90–92. - Peter Salem fights
at the battle of Bunker Hill, and is commemorated by the artist, the
historian, and the orator, 92-95. - Petition of Colonel Prescott and
other officers to the General Court of Massachusetts for a reward to
another "

negro man," Salem Poor, as a brave and gallant soldier,"
who “ behaved like an experienced officer" at Bunker Hill, 95. - Major
Lawrence commands “ a company, whose rank and file are all negroes,"
and who " fight with the most determined bravery,” 96–97. Free
negroes, and sometimes slaves, took their place in the ranks with white
men; afterwards, slaves must be manumitted before becoming soldiers,
97.

Opinion of the Rev. Dr. Hopkins in 1776, on the employment of

negroes as soldiers, 98.

South Carolina, in 1775, enrols slaves in her militia as "pioneers

and laborers,” 99. — Belief, in South Carolina and Georgia, that the

negroes would join the British regular troops, 100.-General Gates

forbids the recruiting of negroes, 101. - Southern delegates to Con-

gress move in vain the discharge of negroes from the army, 101. — The

Committee of Conference determine to reject them in the new enlist-

ment, 101, 102. - Washington afterwards decides to license the en-

listment of the free negroes who had served faithfully, 102.- His

decision approved by Congress, 103. General Thomas's praise of the

negro soldiers in the Massachusetts regiments, 103.

Account of Lord Dunnivre's celebrated Proclamation in Virginia in

1775, and its effect, 103–110. -- Public appeal to the negroes to stand

by their masters, 106, 107.- The Virginia Convention answer the Pro-

clamation, and declare pardon to slaves who had taken up arms, 107,

108.

(1776.) The British form a negro regiment at Staten Island, 110.

The Massachusetts Legislature forbid the sale of negroes taken

prisoners from the British, 110, 111.

(1777.) Testimony of a Hessian officer, that there was no regi-

ment to be seen in which there were not negroes in abundance,” 111. -
Capture of the British Major-General Prescott by Colonel Barton, with

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