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Patrick Henry to James Townes, May 1, 1798

Sir. Red—hill May 1st. 1798—

Upon the Sale of my Crop of Tobo. which took place near 3 Weeks ago to Mr. Robt. Campbell, I directed him to pay Mr. W M Booker £150. according to my contract—And because I made it a point in my Bargain with him, he did engage to go to Mr. Bookers House, & in person to pay that Sum for me—This I assured you should be done when I parted with my Crop & I rest perfectly satisfyed it has been done—I hear you have sued McNeil. Pray Sir contrive to get the Money—He has treated amiss, as it was a Cash Transaction last Winter 12 Months. I am yr. obt. & very 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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