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Dorothea Henry to William Marshall Booker, August 2, 1799

Sir Red Hill August 2d 1799

I wrote to you by your son that I would hire the Seven Isld Negroes at the Same price the Ensuing year—That we have them for this year, Mr Cooper Coms down with a Letter to Mr Townes. Any Bargaine he may make with you, for the Negroes, Shall be binding on me.

Am Sir Yrs with Respect

D Henry

Patrick Henry National Memorial at Red Hill. On cover: "fad by Mr Cooper Amelia County."

Patrick Henry married his second wife, Dorothea Dandridge, on October 25, 1777. Dorothea was born on September 25, 1755 (or 1757) and died on February 14, 1831 at Seven Islands, Patrick Henry's Halifax County, Virginia, estate. Patrick and Dorothea had 11 children together. After Patrick Henry's death in 1799, Dorothea married Judge Edmund Winston, first cousin to Patrick Henry. Dorothea's final resting place is at Red Hill beside Patrick Henry, though she was initially buried at Seven Islands due to inclement weather. Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, Red Hill ( [accessed: 2016-05-27])

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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