Ned is sent from the College to St. Inigoes, 1817
The letter does not state clearly if Ned was an enslaved man. However, it is highly likely that he was an enslaved person owned by the Jesuits. Georgetown College's rosters from 1814 to 1816 list an enslaved man named Ned laboring at the school.
Finally, Neale's message appears to be offering advice concerning the possibility of a sale of an enslaved person at St. Inigoes. Neale suggests to Marshall that an offer from John Leach should be accepted "unless it is known that he buys for speculation or the boy will be exposed to loose his religion."
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I received your letter by Capt Thomas Moore, late this evening. It is now too late for me to inquire after the Miller who had the mill stones for sale – I can know for the next time Thomas Moore arrives which he says will be in ten or twelve days & if I find them to be of three feet six inches diameter I will secure them for you – I fear they are only three feet. You shall know by next opportunity. -
I expect the College will send to you an old man called Ned he may perhaps suit to live with Cusick. If sent to you, you will know what to do with him.
The offer of John Leach should be accepted of unless it be known that he buys for speculation or the boy will be exposed to loose his religion. - I rejoice to hear of your large crop of corn.
My compsto all-
I am affectionately yours