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Patrick Henry to William Marshall Booker, October 24, 1798

Sir— Octbr. 24th. 1798

Want of a Conveyance has hindered my Writing you in Answer to yours by Indian James. The Negroes at the 7 Islands are dear at the price of £60—Yet as they are so extremely desirous of staying with me, I consent to take them at that price.


As to McNeil, he sent to me t'other Day to accept paymt. in a Negroe &c, saying a Judt. had passed—& that he wished to pay &c, so that I trust the Cash is ready by this Time & that you will not draw on me. In haste, I am Sir Yr. Obt. Servt.


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Patrick Henry National Memorial at Red Hill.

William Marshall Booker, along with his wife, Elizabeth Booker, and his brother, John Booker, sold the approximately 1,400-acre estate of Seven Islands to Patrick Henry in 1797. Sale of this land appears to have been driven by debts incurred by William M. Booker's father, Richard Booker. Patrick Henry had other dealings with William M. Booker, transacting with him in livestock, slaves, and tobacco, often through the assistance of James Townes of Amelia County, Virginia. Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, Red Hill (http://www.redhill.org/about/patrickhenry/patrick-henrys-family [accessed: 2016-05-27]); Genealogy Trails, History of Halifax County, Virginia (genealogytrails.com/vir/halifax/historyhalifaxbook_families.html[accessed: 2016-05-27]); Stanton Scenic River Tour: Seven Islands (http://www.oldhalifax.com/county/SevenIslands.htm [accessed: 2016-05-27]).


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