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Yates to Hector Ross, Jan. 18, 1774

Fredsburg Jany. 18th 1774

Mr Hector Ross
My Dear Sir
I wrote you immediately on my return from Williamsburg with account of my Transactions - which I have no doubt woud reach you in due time and therefore you must suppose I have been in daily expectation of being called on not only for the Papers in my hand but also for the Bal. of cash due you - this latter woud probably be better employed by some one than letting it lye in my chest - I was yesterday much pressed to let a part of go for an order drawn on your favour Jona. Wilson by the sheriff of London I think which is the property of Majr. Sam Oldham but I coud not break the sum . . . you shoud order it otherways however if engaged to write you by Post & let Mr Oldham know - therefore I expect your directions by its return ------ At the same time I coud wish to know how long it may be convenient for you to let me keep Dick - at present he is my valet, groom, Butler & Mill Boy - in short a downright [illeg.] being obliged to turn his hand to every thing as I have no other servant nor can hear of one for sale that woud be likely to answer my purpose coud you think of hiring Dick to me or disposing of that portion of time his late worthy master intended his servitude to continue - I shoud be glad to treat with you but if not - I desire no other answer than to say what time he will be wanted, that I may regulate a purchase accordingly
Ch Yates

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[Charles Yates Letterbook, p. 45. 1773-1783 The Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia #3807 (micro M 570-P)]


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