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Letter from Robert Carter Nicholas to Rev. John Waring (November 17, 1774)

In a letter to the Reverend John Waring, dated November 17, 1774, Robert Carter Nicholas reports on the closing of a school in Williamsburg for the children of enslaved African Americans. Waring was the secretary of the Associates of Dr. Bray, the English philanthropic group that had funded the school.

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Virginia 17th. November 1774

Revd. Sir.

I have to advise you of the Death of Mrs. Wager, the Mistress of the Negro School at Williamsburg. I could wish to have revived the Charity upon such Terms as would be agreeable to you & the rest of the worthy Associates of Dr. Bray, but seeing no Prospect of it at present, I have discontinued the School, 'till I can receive your farther Directions. The Acct. of what I am in Advance you will receive inclosed, Balance in my favour £11.17.2, for which I have drawn on you in favour of Messrs. Norton & Sons.

Wishing you & the rest of the Associates every Felicity, I remain very respectfully, Revd. Sir, Your most obedient Servant

Ro. C. Nicholas



The Associates of Dr. Bray

April 1 To Quarters Salary due this day £ 5.
July 1 To ditto … ditto 5.
October 1 To ditto … ditto 5.
January 1 To ditto … ditto 5.
April 6 To ditto … 5.
July 2 To ditto … ditto 5.
To paid Mr. [John] Blair [Jr.] a Years Rent due 25th December 1773. 10.
August 20 To ditto paid for 7 ½ Months to the time of Mrs. Wager's death 6. 5.
To paid Mat: Hatton her Son in Law for Balance of Salary 1.13.4
To Balance 15.8.4
December By my Exchange to Norton & Son £25.
30 per Cent 7.10
Balance 15.8.4
By my Exchange to Norton & Son £11.17.2
30 per Cent 3.11.1 ½
15.8.3 1/2

Errors Excepted 17th. November 1774.

Ro. C. Nicholas