"I send you the list of the Negroes:" Fr. Grassi arranges the transport of 11 enslaved people to St. Inigoes, February 6, 1817
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.
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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.
Yr Aftte Br. In XT
J. Grassi, S.J.
Rd Mr Ashton’s to St Inigoes
Harrison aged 16
Nelley sickly 35