Martha Goosely letter to John Norton, 1770 June 13


Martha Goosely letter to John Norton, 1770 June 13


Goosley, Martha -- Correspondence
Norton, John, 1719-1777 -- Correspondence
Norton, John Hatley, 1745-1797
Merchants -- England -- London -- Correspondence
Women -- Virginia -- Yorktown -- Correspondence


Martha Goosley letter to John Norton, merchant in London, England. Goosley thanks Norton for his kindness to her shipwrecked son: discusses Norton's son, John Hatley Norton; Dr. Pope removing three stones from James Dowling; and the upcoming meeting of the members of the Association in response to the Townshend Acts.


Goosely, Martha


John Norton and Sons Papers, MS 1936.3


Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation






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York Town Virginia 13 June 1770

Dear Sir

By Capt Esten I have the Pleasure of acknowledg
ing your favour of the 13 Decr and 10 of March
with gratitude I shall ever remember your
Kindness to my Poor Shipwreckd Son the Shock
was almost too much for me have been sick
ever since am now takeing the Bark but
my anxiety for his Arrival am afraid
will keep me weak am however thankful
to God that his life was Saved

think I may venture to assure you there
is no Doubt of his full Load if he arrives
soon your Son is gone up to K W K & queen
and New Kent Courts to hasten Robersons Tobo
dont expect him Down for some Days in
all Probability he will not be in Time
to write by this Ship I wrote you very
fully upon a Particular Subject by Necks
and as I have had no answer to that letter
Shall only Mention that the Matter is quite at
a Stand at Present but Mr. H N thank God
is cheerfull and well

have sent two Boxes containing Mrs Nortons
part of Mrs Nelsons Clothes in the Smallest
you will find a Piece of Ducape which Mrs
Langborne had the conscience to insist upon
your Sons takeing off her Hands it is Much
Spoted and unfit for Sale Mr Norton therefore
Desires you will will have it Dyed Black

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and he wil endeavour to Dispose of it

Surely the great Men on your Side the Watter
are all Mad what can they Mean I greatly
fear their rash Measures will Produce fatal
consequences our Associaters are to Meet the
fiftenth when I understand we are to be
tied Down to very Strict rules any thing will
I agree to for the common good

I Sincerely congratulate you upon your
recovery from Such a Painfull complaint
Poor James Dowling after being afflicted twenty
years was cut about a fortnight ago by
Docr Pope he took out 3 large Stones & the
old Man is likely to Do very well

Will if Possible write My good friend Mrs
Norton & Mr G F N by this Ship Billy
Moss Sends you two red Birds with wishing
you health and every other Blessing am

Dear Mr Nortons
affet & oblig'd &c
Martha Goosley

Address leaf

Mr John Norton

Address leaf verso

Virga. 13th June 1770
M. Goosley

Recd 1st. Augst. 1770

Ansd the Sepr.
p Dunsley

Original Format

Ink on paper




Goosely, Martha , “Martha Goosely letter to John Norton, 1770 June 13,” John Norton & Sons Papers, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, accessed May 23, 2018,