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Letterbook (1 of 2), 1833 - 1843

 File — Box: 68, Folder: 1
Identifier: 119.1_77
Letterbook (1 of 2)
Letterbook (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Letterbooks: Copy book of letters sent. 1833-1836, 1839-1843: letters concern the sale of land, standards set for hired help, relations with tenants, interest payments; and attempts to secure payments from Jesse Batey and Henry Johnson, who purchased enslaved people from the Province in 1838. Includes a transcript of a letter written by John McElroy on Eliza who was withheld from the sale and others who ran away before it was completed. A letter dated October 16, 1834 written to John McElroy addressed the expectations that should be placed on a black washerwoman.

**Former finding aid location: 119.1_77**

Materials on Slavery

This folder contains materials related to Jesuit slaveholding and to the 1838 sale of approximately 300 enslaved individuals.

"I overvalue her." Fr. McElroy disputes the price of slaves sold to Louisiana, February 18, 1840 [GSA348]

"You may sell Isaac": The Jesuits arrange the sale of Isaac Hawkins, an enslaved man jailed in Baltimore, 1843, p. 405-6 [GSA349]

The Procurator requests Fr. Carbery inform him on the "servants lately disposed of." January 3, 1836, p. 77 [GSA350]

The Procurator berates Fr. Carbery for not recording the sale of 17 enslaved persons at St. Inigoes, January 27, 1836, p. 78 [GSA351]

The Procurator to Fr. Sanders on the enslaved persons remaining at the White Marsh, April 30, 1840, p. 173 [GSA353]

"There remain belonging to us only four old slave servants." Fr. Procurator to Robert C. Brooke and Joseph J. Jones, October 23, 1840. p. 281 [GSA354]

Fr. Vespire instructs Fr. Carbery to pay for the hire of a servant owned by Ms. Jane Smith, Feburary 19, 1943, p. 369 [GSA355]

"Carring off the servants to Washington," Joshua F. Clarke to Thomas Mulledy, May 14, 1839 [GSA357]

"Apprehending Ann": Thompson and Spalding charges to William McSherry, September 28, 1838 [GSA358]

Fr. Vespre to Fr. McElroy on the indemnifications claimed by Dr. Jesse Batey, July 3, 1840, p. 194 [GSA363]


  • 1833 - 1843

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From the Collection: 308 boxes (212 regular boxes, 25 oversized boxes, 58 restricted regular boxes, 13 restricted oversized boxes, plus 14 card catalog drawers )

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Multiple languages


Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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