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Sir                                                                            May 10th 1759

According to your Command (I have) sent you as near as I am able (mutilated) accot of the nigros and stocks (mutilated) Rest of the (Estate) of Colo. Custis on this Shore Except (in) Smith's 1sland which I omited on accot of its being Rented out -but if meteral may be seen by a leas that Mr Vollentime has in his pirsession heare is som corn which is sold tho not delivered yet and will be about 1000 Bushells

(illegible) am at Command your humble sevt.

                                                                 James Biggs…

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This anonymous painting depicts two children of the Payne family, of New Market plantation in Goochland County, Virginia, and their black nursemaid. This kind of arrangement was common among Virginia gentry families who could afford multiple house…

Abstract: Mount Vernon, the eighteenth-century plantation of George Washington, was home to a large, dispersed, and highly organized community of enslaves workers. Information available in the form of documentary evidence, archaeological data, and…

This label represents an idealized depiction of life in eighteenth-century Virginia tobacco country. It shows a white planter smoking a pipe, with slaves in the background holding hoes used to cultivate the crop. Another slave holds an umbrella to…

Fairfax County (Virginia) August 11, 1761.

Ran away from a Plantation of the Subscriber's, on Dogue Run in Fiarfax, on Sunday the 9th Instant, the following Negroes, viz.

Peros[?], 35 or 40 Years of Age, a well-set Fellow, of about 5 feet 8…

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"...am obliged to be my one [own] Housekeeper which takes up the greatest part of my time, - our cook Hercules went away so that I am as much at a loss for a cook as for a house keeper. - altogether I am sadly…