Abuses were rampant. Afro-Englishmen were terrorized by slave catchers and former slave masters. England files a complaint with the U.S. delegation which includes George Washington. The U. S. delegation is informed by England’s General Guy Carleton that by English law, all former colonial slaves are Englishmen and entitled to liberty… but Washington claims they are slaves based upon “Colonial statutes”. Washington’s claims were not supported by English law, as the Somerset Decision in 1772 had rendered such statutes void ab initio and England had emancipated all colonial slaves by June 1779 during colonial times. General Carleton states that he will remove all Afro-Englishmen from the United States who wanted to leave, however, if removing Afro-Englishmen and others proved to be a violation of the treaty, applying English law then compensation would be paid by the British government. To provide for that possibility, both he and Washington agreed to generate a registry called Book of Negroes, listing their names, ages, and occupations, along with the names of their former masters, so that “the owners might eventually be paid for the slaves who were not entitled to their freedom by British proclamation and promises”. Both sovereigns keep a registry of negroes.