A fleet of fifteen ships left Nova Scotia for Sierra Leone — with Thomas Peters, a former slave, black soldier and leader (1738–1792); Methodist ministers Boston King (the blind preacher) and Moses ‘Daddy’ Wilkson; Baptist preacher David George; and Cato Perkins and a group (1,196) of Black Loyalists. This represented over half the population of Birchtown. David George recorded, “The White people in Nova Scotia were very unwilling that we should go.” He later recalled, “though they had been very cruel to us, and treated many of us as bad as though we had been slaves.” The fleet was an initiative of Lieutenant John Clarkson, a British abolitionist and a founder and first governor of Sierra Leone for formerly enslaved African-Americans.