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American Revolution
Captain Ritchie’s Receipt for Squares of Window Glass Paid in New York Currency, Revolutionary War New York
December 15, 1781-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Manuscript Document, a Receipt for Window Glass for the Slave & British Troop Transport Ship Providence by Captain Ritchie, Choice Very Fine.
An original, Revolutionary War Period Manuscript Receipt, 8.5” x 4”, reading, in full:

“Rec. Decemb. 15th 1781 From Capt. John Ritchie of Ship Providence the sum of One pound Twelve Shillings in Full for squares of window glass £1 12s in New York Currency - (Signed) Henry Wilson. This receipt being for purchased for the Ship “Providence” by Captain John Ritchie. This ship and it's Captain Ritchie transported British troops and African Slaves to Colonial America during America’s War for Independence between (1780 to 1782). Docket on the blank reverse side shows payment was made in New York.

Captain John Ritchie was the Master of the ship Providence, a British ship under contract with the Navy Board to transport troops to fight in the war in North America. The Providence was owned by English merchant Nathaniel Bayles. The Providence transported Hessian and Scottish regiments, as well as weapons and supplies needed in New York. 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 British 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."


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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1781 Revolutionary War Capt Ritchies Ships Glass

Estimate $300 - $400Jun 23, 2018