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Patrick Henry to James Townes, December 30, 1797

Sir— Red—hill Decr. 30th. 1797

[I] refer you to your Brother for what passed between us—Three of the Negroe men tryed to drive the Steers & Cows, but could not get them across the River, there is so much Ice—Yesterday, [the] Steers got over the Ferry, but are so crippled in their Feet they cannot go further on the frozen Ground[.] Wilbourn has worked them so cruelly as the Negroes tell me, that they cannot go down I have had them put amongst my own Stock at home, where they may be fed 'til you can send for them. Please to write me what to do with the Cows as they are not fit for Beef—

If Mr. McNeil does not pay his Bond on Demand, please to order Suit instantly & put his Bond into a sure Hand from whom the Cash will be got—I am Dear Sir yr. hble Servt.

P. Henry

Patrick Henry National Memorial at Red Hill.

James Townes served as an intermediary for Patrick Henry's 1797 purchase of Seven Islands in Halifax County, Virginia, from John Booker, William Marshall Booker, and William's wife Elizabeth, who sold the property to recover debts. Townes was also involved in other business between Henry and William M. Booker, including transactions in crops, livestock, and slaves. Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, Red Hill ( [accessed: 2016-05-27]); Genealogy Trails, History of Halifax County, Virginia ( [accessed: 2016-05-27]); Stanton Scenic River Tour: Seven Islands ( [accessed: 2016-05-27]).

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