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Letter 7, 1766-10-14

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 7
Letter 7
Letter 7

Scope and Contents

Letter from Mosley to Mrs. Dunn, his sister, October 14, 1766. Describes harsh conditions at the newly established Jesuit mission at Tuckahoe in Talbot County, Maryland, which Mosley founded in 1765. He notes the presence of enslaved laborers and the poor conditions under which they were required to live.

Materials on Slavery

This folder contains materials related to Jesuit slaveholding.

This letter discusses enslaved individuals and their living conditions at Tuckahoe.

Mosley notes that when he arrived on the newly purchased land, there were “three Buildings, a miserable Dwelling House and much worse for some Negroes…”

He also writes that “Our Gentlemen have supplied me with negroes, as many as I wanted, to cut down the woods, and to open a plantation, in which I succeed much to my satisfaction…”

In commentary on the letters, Edward Devitt, S.J. notes that Mosley brought eight enslaved people from White Marsh to Tuckahoe.


  • 1766-10-14

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Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


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