George Turner letter to John Norton, 1770 July 9


George Turner letter to John Norton, 1770 July 9


Norton, John, 1719-1777 -- Correspondence
Turner, George -- Correspondence
Tobacco -- Effect of wind on -- Virginia
Tobacco industry -- Virginia


George Turner letter to John Norton in which Turner describes the great expense to which he has been put for an upcoming court hearing. Turner expresses his lack of satisfaction with Mr. Bland's expenditures in furtherance of the cause though he had remitted to him upwards of 90 pounds in tobacco notes. Turner informs Norton that he is sending one hogshead of tobacco to be sold for advancing their suit. Turner explains there would have been more but a severe wind in September damaged the crop.


Turner, George


John Norton and Sons Papers, MS 1936.3


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




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King William County in Virga


I am favour'd with yours of the 10th March inst p your
ship Brilliant & was in hopes from your first Letter to
have the good News in your last that we had gain'd the
Cause, and still hope as you write me in your last that
Mr. Walton is ready for Tryall & the other Soliciter has promisd
not to delay it that it will come to a hearing this Summer, it
has been a vast Expence to us from the beginning, & cheif of the
Burthen lays on me, having advanc'd for the Cause here
and with you between 4 & 500 from the Commencement
of it in this Country. I really did expect that Mr. Taylor's
Bill of Excha with what I had remitted Mr Bland would
have been sufficient to have defrayed the Expence of it.

You inform me in your last that you have only recd
£70..18..4 of Mr Bland, to whom I have remitted in bills
of Tobacco upwards of £90 Sterlg, and I don't know that ever
he expended any Mony in the cause except Six Guineas
which he wrote me he had paid to the Solicitor General for his
Opinion, which he sent me, & was greatly to my satisfacto.
as it Corroborated with the Opinion of my Attorney, & many
other Gentm. here, but I should be glad Mr. Bland wdinform
me how he has apply'd the balance of my Mony, as I dont
find he ever did anything more in the Cause & you are of
Opinion by your First Letter that it had been most shamefully
Neglected, However Let him shift it as he will, I dont think
we are in the least Danger, if the Papers & Evidence that was
on the Tryall here are in the hands of Mr. Walton as they were
sent to Mr. Bland, and I have not the least Doubt of it, for if any
thing had put Mr. Walton in doubt of it, I presume he would
have mentioned it in his Letter to Colo Pendleton.

You'll herewith receive, p your Ship Brilliant one hhd
of choice Leaf Tob' mark'd GRT No.5 of Nett 1033 which
I hope will come safe to hand & to a good Market, wish I could
have sent more, but the Severe Gust last Sepr has put it out of

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my Power at this time, however if more should be wanting for the Cause
be pleas'd to rely on my making you ample Remittance for it
hereafter, & indeed whether or not that is the Case, think my self
Bound in Gratitude to correspond with you further, for your favour
in undertaking the Managemt of our Appeal, I hope when it is
over, you'll send me the Earliest Notice with proper Credentialls
in which youll infinitely Oblige

Your Most Obed Servt.
George Turner

Address leaf

Mr John Norton
Merch' in
p the Brilliant

Virga. 9th July 1770
George Turner
Rec'd ye 24th Sepr. Exd
Ansd the Decr
Nelly Frigate
Wrote again p Goosley

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Turner, George , “George Turner letter to John Norton, 1770 July 9,” John Norton & Sons Papers, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, accessed May 23, 2018,