Appraisement of Slaves Sent to the
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[4 July 1764]
Appraisement of Slaves sent to the Dismal Swamp
Mr William Nelson: Harry, £60; Jupiter, 60;
George, 50; Jolly, 60; B<ella>, 45--£275.
1. According to an undated memorandum in the Dismal Swamp Land Company Papers, NcD, Robert Burwell transferred one-half of his share in the Dismal Swamp Land Company to Mann Page (c.1718-c.1781) of Rosewell in Gloucester County in May 1766, but this would suggest it was done in 1764.
2. GW's account with the company shows that this total of £365 was £52.18.4 "above the average Price," or appraised value, of the contributions of slaves by the members of the company, and GW records having received on 16 Nov. 1764 that amount in payment from John Robinson, the value of whose contribution of slaves was below the average (Ledger A, 194; Cash Accounts, November 1764). For GW's purchase of several of the slaves whom he contributed, see Cash Accounts, April 1764, n.17.
4. David Meade (b. 1744), a native of Nansemond County who later lived on the James River in Prince George County, obtained on 27 April 1764 one-half of the share owned by his father-in-law William Waters (undated memorandum, Dismal Swamp Land Company Papers, NcD). In 1766 he acquired another half share, from Robert Burwell.
AD, CSmH. Reprinted W.W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig, eds., The Papers of George Washington, Colonial Series, vol. 7, January 1761-June 1767 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1990), 314-16.
GW wrote the final four entries after the total of £2,775, beginning at "Mr Waters," with a different pen point and in different ink, making it appear he added them later. The list has been rearranged in order to save space.
At its first meeting on 3 Nov. 1763, the Dismal Swamp Land Company agreed that each member should contribute five slaves by 1 July 1764 for "the work of draining Improving and Saving the Land" (Dismal Swamp Land Company: Minutes of Meeting, 3 Nov. 1763, printed above). In his accounts with the company GW entered in July 1764 a claim for £7.14.1 for "my Expences [going] to the Swamp in order to receive & set the People to work" (Ledger A, 194; account with "The Adventurers for draining the Dismal Swamp," PPRF). GW's cash accounts for June and July 1764 indicate that he was in Williamsburg as late as 25 June and back again as early as 9 July. It was probably at this time that he made the undated survey of land beginning at the Poquoson Swamp (DLC:GW).