"I send you the list of the Negroes:" Fr. Grassi arranges the transport of 11 enslaved people to St. Inigoes, February 6, 1817

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Title

"I send you the list of the Negroes:" Fr. Grassi arranges the transport of 11 enslaved people to St. Inigoes, February 6, 1817

Subject

Slavery; Slave Trade; Transportation; Bequests; Jesuit History-19th Century

Description

Fr. John Grassi, President of Georgetown College, writes to Br. Marshall to inform him of the arrival of eleven enslaved persons to St. Inigoes. This remarkable letter also mentions the case of two men, Charles and Clem, whose marriages were being arranged, and suggests that enslaved families moved between farms. 

The eleven people listed for transport to St. Inigoes were the property of the late Rev. John Ashton, a former Jesuit who in the last years of his life had a contentious relationship with the Jesuits of Maryland and who was sued by members of the Queen and Mahoney families for their freedom.

On November of 1816, the Rev. Notley Young, a Jesuit in charge of the Ashton estate, ordered a valuation of this group of enslaved people, and they were valued at $3675.00

More information on the freedom suits against John Ashton can be found here.

Creator

Catholic Historical Manuscripts Collection

Publisher

Georgetown Slavery Archive

Date

1817-02-06

Contributor

Elsa Barraza Mendoza

Rights

Georgetown University Library

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Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Manuscript

Identifier

GSA322

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P.X.     Dr. Brother in Xt     G.T. Feby 6 1817.                                        

I send to you the list of the Nigroes who from Rd Mr Ashton’s place are to come to St Inigoes. From this is evident that you acquire a very considerable assistance so that in my and other’s opinion there is no necessity at all to buy any more. I intend to write to F. Cary on the subject for I do not understand hear [sic] what you say, that he intends to send down a family belonging to St. Thomas’s.

I wrote to you sometime ago that I had no objection that our Chs should marry, provided there is a prospect that the woman shall not removed, etc etc. Likewise I wrote that the price demanded for Clems’ wife seems quite exorbitant to Fr. Neale, and besides the present want of money does not permit to go now at such an expense.

I have nothing else to write in answer
To your letter. My best respects to Rd
Mr Carbery. I recommend to you to
Remember that you are a religious and
To be exact in all of spiritual exercise,
And practice of selfdenial and poverty,
About which from time to time make
Some examination how you graced
In his prints. I remain

 

Yr Aftte Br. In XT

J. Grassi, S.J.

 

 

 

Rd Mr Ashton’s to St Inigoes

Harrison aged 16

Regis                12

Clem               35

Basil                   8

John                14

Venus                40

Michael          12

Nelley sickly  35

Ned                  8

 

Isaac               14

 

Bill                 19

 

 

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Catholic Historical Manuscripts Collection, “"I send you the list of the Negroes:" Fr. Grassi arranges the transport of 11 enslaved people to St. Inigoes, February 6, 1817 ,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed September 25, 2018, http://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/355.

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