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R. C. L. Moncure
[A SLAVE CARRIES MAIL BETWEEN A FUTURE JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA AND AN ELDERLY FEMALE MEMBER OF A PROMINENT VIRGINIA FAMILY]; Letter carried by the slave, Richard, from R. C. L. Moncure to his mistress
Stafford, Virginia to Buck Hall (Buckhall), Prince William County, Virginia, 1840. Envelope or Cover. Very good. <br /><br />This one-page, stampless folded letter measures approximately 13" x 8" unfolded. It is datelined, "Stafford Sept. 4 : 1840" and addressed to "Mrs. Mary A. Hoole / Buck Hall / Prince William / V." It contains no postal markings, however "By Richard" appears in manuscript in the lower left corner of the cover. In nice shape with some light toning and a vertical storage crease. Transcript provided. <br /><br />The distance between the Moncure and Hooe plantations was approximately thirty miles. In the text of this letter regarding the payment of a debt, Moncure, a Stafford County lawyer, informs 83-year-old Mrs. Hooe at Buckhall that he is using her slave, Richard, to carry this letter to her along with thirty dollars to tide her over until he can make a personal visit and deliver the rest of a payment that will settle her account. <br /><p style="margin-left:5%; margin-right:5%;">"I have rcd by Richard your boy Dade's letter of the 3d instant saying that you were in need of money & requesting me to send some by the Bearer. I accordingly sent you by the bearer thirty dollars which I hope will answer your purposes until I can see you which will be at or before the Inferior Court of Prince William." <br /><p>Richard Cassius Lee Moncure, a prominent Stafford County attorney who was eventually appointed to what would become the Supreme Court of Virginia, was a member of one of the "First Families of Virginia". He was born and grew up on the Clarem … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
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