Anne Matthews letter to John Norton, 1771 August 10


Anne Matthews letter to John Norton, 1771 August 10


Anne Matthews letter to John Norton, merchant of London, England. Matthews writes concerning her granddaughter, Nancy Moir, whose circumstances have been complicated by the death or her mother, Mary Moir, and then the death of her aunt, Catherine Davenport, who took her in after her mother's death. Matthews hopes to procure some clothing for her from a second aunt, Mrs. McKey, in England, who has passed away.


Matthews, Anne


John Norton and Sons Papers, MS 1936.3


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







Virginia Augst 10th


This day I Recd. yr Letter dated Ye 29th of May and am much obligd
to you for taking the trouble to See Mr McKey yrSelf.
I was Much blamd for not leting Nancy goe to England
with her Father but I was inform'd by several people that
Mr Moir had been in several parts of Virginia with a brief
Begging & as he had gott another wife & three Children.
I Realy Confess I had some Fear, the Letter might not be
true, although I blamd My Self for haveing So ill
a thought of him. but I Concluded to write to you,
and know the truth, before I let her goe.

As you in yr Letter advise Me to write to Mr McKey
again, am imboldened to inclose a Letter to him once
More, hopeing he will send her Something, if it is only
some of her Aunts Cloths if she has left no Children
to wear them, or what ever he pleases will be except-
able to her. She is Fifteen years old, and a pritey girl
I think, if she had but Cloths to appear in decently.
if her poor Aunt Davenport had not left her some of
her Cloths when She dyed, Nancey would have been very
poorly off indeed. She lost her best Friend She had in this
world, when My Dear Katey Died. She made no differance
between her and her own Daughter. I never have heard any thing
of [torn, illegible] I wrote First to you, nor any thing any thing
from Mr Nelson about him. As Mr Nelson is a good man
perhaps he might think it would make me uneasey.
I hope his Children will turn out much Better persons than
their Father, as they seem to promis it by there behaviour
heither too. I am with the most greatfull acknowledge-
ments yr much obligd & obedient Hble Servt

Anne Matthews

P.S. pray Make my hble Complements to Mrs. Norton
I have not Seald. Mr McKeys Letter, please to Read it,
& if you think any thing amiss in it, please to
Blott it out, & Seal it I am


John Norton
Mercht in

Virga. 10th Augst 1771
Anne Mathews
Rec'd the 17th Octo. Ex'd
p the Randolph

Enqr for Danl. Mackay
Mercht. No. 24 Bishopgate
Street within

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Matthews, Anne, “Anne Matthews letter to John Norton, 1771 August 10,” John Norton & Sons Papers, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, accessed January 15, 2019,