Letter from Samuel Adams of the Boston Committee of Donations to William Black of James River County, Virginia, (copy in letterbook volume 1), 2 March 1775, pages 133-135
[Previous copy of letter not transcribed, see page image.]
Boston March 2d. 1775
To Mr. Wm. Black In James River Virginia --
Your Letter of the 24 December last to Mr.
in this Town by the Port bill was communicated to
the Committee appointed to receive such Donations,
and by their Direction I am to acquaint you that they
chearfully consented, at your request, that the Schooner
should be discharg'd at Salem, thinking themselves under
Obligation to promote her Dispatch more especially as
there was unexpected Delay in her loading, and
you have very generously declin'd receiving Demurrage.
We have repeatedly had abundant Evidence of the
I am desir'd by the Committee to acquaint you
the same Price - which was refus'd -- at this he was
very angry , and (perhaps in a gust of passion) declar'd
in the hearing of several persons of Credit that he
was use'd ill. Threatning repeatly that he would
stop all the Donations he could, and that no more
should come from the place where he was going to
meaning Virginia -- These Facts the Committee
Thought it necessary to communicate to you,
and to beg the favour of you to use your influence
that Capt. Hatch may not have it in his power
(if he should be dispos'd) to traduce the Committee
and injure the sufferers in this Town for whose re-
leife our friends in Virginia have so generously
contributed -- I am in the Name of the Commtee.
your oblig'd friend & Hum. Sert.