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Patrick Henry to William Marshall Booker, October 29, 1798

Dear Sir— Octbr. 29th. '98.

Yesterday I wrote you for the first Time since I recd. your Favor by Indian James; letting you know I accept the Terms for the 7 Island Negroes—& informg. you of McNeils sending up to my House a very likely Negroe Woman to pay his Bond; & altho' the price was high I could have got enough in Cash for the Negroe to have paid off the Debt nearly—His sending so far I cannot account for, unless it is owing to his Ignorance that you were to receive the Debt—His Messenger one Watkins said the Money would be paid at any Time. Perhaps for once McNeil may do right & pay it on Application—The Messenger said he understood there was a Judgemt. for the Money. I refused to have any thing to do with receivg. either the Negroe or the Judgemt Money.

I am really sorry I have not the Money to send you. Six Guineas are all I can pay you now, as I made no provision for the Debt owing to the above—Mr. Johnson told me he expected to see you—You know it wd. not be right in me to sign a Bond until he does—I am dear Sir Yr. Obt. Servt.

P Henry

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 ( [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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