Letter to James McHenry

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Title: Letter to James McHenry
Author: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Description: Letter, dated November 11, 1786, describes Washington's scheme to return a runaway slave to his master, William Drayton of Charleston, S.C. After visiting Mount Vernon with his master, the slave escaped and returned to Washington's home. Washington writes that "[t]he fellow pretends a willingness to return to his master, but I think it would be unsafe to trust to this, especially as he has discovered a great inclination to get back to Philadelphia..." Washington notes that he has sent the slave to Baltimore "under the impression of assisting in bringing the Jack and mules home but the real design... is to have him shipped for Charleston..."
Permanent Link: http://hdl.handle.net/2374.OX/62420
Date: November 11, 1786

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