John Page letter to John Norton, 1771 July 31
Rosewell July ye 31st. 1771
I understand that Captn. Esten will sail
in a Day or two, & have snatched this Opportunty.
to send you the inclosed Invoice; by sending the
Articles contained in it, by the first Ship to York
River, you will lay me under an additional
Obligation. My Crop has again fallen extremely
short, as I told you in my Last. I have not yet
received a Shilling from Kennon. Col. Burwell
has begun to sell, but I begin to fear, I shall
get nothing from him this Year or two yet.
I have applied very earnestly to my Father for
the rest of his Quarters in Gloster, but have not
yet received an Answer from him : should he
not comply with it my Request, I shall think myself bound to
sell some of my Negros; & this I should the rather
do as I have at present but a bad Prospect of a
Crop of Tobo. which has suffered very much from
the late excessive heavy Rains we have had.
When you recollect my first Letters full of an Abhorrence
of Extravagance & Debt; & my others full of fair Promises
& large Expectations, I fear you begin to suspect my
Honour, & that you do not consider how far the most
strict Oconomy at Rosewell must exceed the Nett
Proceed of about fourteen thousand lb Tobo. pr. Anm.
(which I think is nearly what I have made on an
Average for 5 Years past.) & that you do not consi=
=deer that I might well expect to make three times
that Quantity of Tobo. as I have more than three times
that Number of good Hands in ye Crop, but from the good
Prices you have given me for my Tobo. & gentele behavi=
=our to me my Fears subside; & I hope always to deserve
your Confidence, & will endeavour to remove as soon
as in my Power all Possibility of Suspicion.
I am dr. Sir wishing you your Lady & Family all possible
Happiness. your Friend & much obliged hble. Serv. John Page Junr.
Virga. 31st. July 1771
Jno Page Junr
Recd. the 11th Octr. Ex'd
Goods Entd. pa. 51
Ansd the 7 Decr