"Deaths in our Family": Fr. Neale describes the dire conditions at St. Thomas Manor, January 9, 1827

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Title

"Deaths in our Family": Fr. Neale describes the dire conditions at St. Thomas Manor, January 9, 1827

Subject

Diseases--Outbreaks; Slaves; Catholic Church-Clergy-Correspondence

Description

Father Francis Neale reports on the condition of Thomas Manor, where three slaves had died. Neale hired three more slaves to supply the plantation and build slave quarters.

Creator

Maryland Province Archives

Source

F. Neale to F. Dzierozynsky, January 9, 1827, Box 62, File 13, Item 3, Maryland Province Archives, Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Georgetown University.

Publisher

Georgetown Slavery Archive

Date

1827-01

Contributor

Adam Rothman, Elsa Barraza Mendoza

Rights

Georgetown University Library

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Manuscript

Identifier

GSA133

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Text

9th January 1827

Revd. th DrFr

            Your kind letter by Brother Moore arrived at St. Thomas Manor while I was attending Cob-Neck during the feasts of Xmass. On my return, I found that a our family here had meet with severe chastisements. - a young married women had died, five men were confined with sickness as also six women, and five children. To two of these women I give the holy oils last night, their exit from this world is daily expected. Our quarters are condemned & must be destroyed by fire in the beginning of spring. - our prospects are dreadful and I am obliged to have recourse to the ordinary means to carry on business in the family. That is the hireing of slaves. I have hired three, nor will these supply our loses.-

I am forced to employ all I can to obtain timber for the building of Negroe quarters. - I remain Revd. Father

Affectionately yours in XT

Francis Neale

P.S. There have been three deaths in our family + two more are expected-

Physicians have condemned our Negroe habitations-

 

[Envelope]
Port Tob Md
Jan 10

 

Rev.d F. Dzierozynsky
Dist. Columbia
Georgetown College

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Manuscript

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Citation

Maryland Province Archives, “"Deaths in our Family": Fr. Neale describes the dire conditions at St. Thomas Manor, January 9, 1827,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed September 23, 2017, http://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/145.

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