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Yates to Thos. Gordon, October 20, 1780

Fredsburg Octor. 20th 1780

Mr. Thos. Gordon of Blandford
Dr Sir
It was only yesterday that I recd. yr. kind favor of the 5th Inst. from Richmond - I now send the bearer Negro Harry to receive the negro Boy Robin, and shoud have been glad you had mentioned what expense to me his passage will be that I might have contrived it to you - this you will please advise that I may lodge it in Richmond, or if it shoud prove equally convt. for you I will pay your order on me here at sight - shoud the Dove be not yet sailed and the Boy remain on board her you will please give the bearer proper directions as well in regard to the Receipt of the Boy as to his nearest rout from thence to this town -- I have to beg yr care in forwarding the enclosed advising the arrival of the Negro Boy in Virginia, and with acknowledgment and much Respect am
Your obliged & obed servt
Chs Yates

[Note: Robin had been sent from England, where Yates had intended he learn to be a valet, to the West Indies and from there to Gordon at Blandford. On his return to Yates, Robin was sent to work on the farm from which he ran away in 1783. See Virginia Gazette and Weekly Advertiser (Nicolson & Prentis), Richmond, September 20, 1783.]

Bibliographic Information

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


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