Nathaniel Barber, born in 1728, was a Boston Tea Party participant, Mason, Muster Master for Suffolk County, commissary of Boston’s military stores until 1781, and State Naval Officer of Boston. Towards the end of the war, the Patriots were trying to decide what to do with all the Loyalists still residing in America. Samuel Adams and Barber had such a correspondence over this issue. The two-part manuscript of their letters is comprised of a 1783 Town of Boston resolve and a corresponding cover letter from the Boston Committee of Correspondence. These letters are both signed by chairman Nathaniel Barber, who later died in 1787, and is buried in the Old Burial Ground in Boston.
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