Moses Robertson letter to John Norton, 1771 August 8


Moses Robertson letter to John Norton, 1771 August 8


Goosley, Martha, -approximately 1779
Grayson, Spence
Norton, John, 1719-1777 -- Correspondence
Norton, John Hatley, 1745-1797
Robertson, Moses
Merchant ships
Tobacco industry -- England -- London
Tobacco industry -- Virginia


Moses Robertson, merchant ship captain, letter to his employer, John Norton, merchant of London, England. Robertston informs Norton of his arrival in the York River, the departure of his passenger, Spence Grayson, John Hatley Norton and Martha Goosley being away and the tobacco crop being ready for transport.


Robertson, Moses


John Norton and Sons Papers, MS 1936.3


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




Folder 44


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Virga. York Town August 8 1771

Dr. Sir

I have now the Pleasure to Inform you of being
Safely Arrived with your Ship Virginia at York Town
where I find Mr. John. H Norton has been from some
days up the Country. I am Inform'd he is well I am Just
going to send of Express wth. advice of my Arrival Mrs.
Goosley is out of Town. on the Eastern Shore wth Miss
Nicholas who is unwell I am much Rejoiced to find
Goosley took in at £10 P Ton and that I am to have
the Same we have been much Expected as Our Cargo
I find is all Ready I have to say for the Virginia
that she does everything that can be Expected
of a Ship and is Certainly as fine a Merchant Ship
as can be Built & is here Allowed so by all that has
seen her Mr. Grayson my Passenger left me at the
Cape in a boat for Potomack & Mrs. Field & her
Family went Round this day all well by Water
to her Husband. I have Nothing farther to add
but that I am Sir your much Obliged &.

Very Hble. Servt.
Moses Robertson

Address leaf

Mr. John Norton

P the Thos. & Mary
Capt. Dunsley

Virginia 8 August 1771
Moses Robertson Ex'd
Receivd 25 October 1771

Original Format

Ink on paper




Robertson, Moses, “Moses Robertson letter to John Norton, 1771 August 8,” John Norton & Sons Papers, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, accessed July 23, 2018,