folder 030: Correspondence, June–October 1800

June 16 and 26, a legal agreement concerning Saul, an enslaved man who died in an accident while working on raising a house for John Haywood in Wake County, N.C. Saul was enslaved by W. Reese Brewer. Other materials include letters from David Stone, John Steele, W. H. Hill, Nathaniel Macon, Benjamin Williams, and Richard Dobbs Spaight about actions in Congress, relations with France, and the presidential elections; letter, 16 February, from William R. Davie concerning his mission to France; letters from David Stone, Hugh Williamson, Jos. Ross, Joseph Caldwell, P. Henderson, and Thos. [?] Rogers about University affairs--hiring a new president and new teachers, payment of board by students, arrangements for a new building, etc.; letter, 26 November, to Haywood from John Davis (or Daves) about digging up family coffins (possibly of Haywood's wife Sally, who died in 1791 and his son Lee, who died in 1795) and making better arrangements for them in keeping with Haywood's orders; letter, 1 December, from "W N" in medical school in Philadelphia to Miss S. Nelson, Yorkstown, Va.


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with what inexpressible Pleasure My Dearest Friend, did I receive and read your highly valued Letter dated the 22th of the present month which was handed me yesterday Evening, and had been anxiously expected by me, but you dont tell me you are well, and I fear you are otherwise or surely you wou'd inform me you were in Health, and I fear you have suffered from getting wet, when on your way home.

Betsey has nearly forgot how to Suck already and has freted very little for beeing weaned and is quite Healthy and is generally

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thought very hansome indeed, only one Lady said not quite so hansome as she expected from what she had heard, alltho she thought her very Pretty and Delicate, but it is a general observation that all the Children with whom she is present look homely to herself.

I am now in Wilmington and was prevailled on by the Family to come down with them, they had had a trip in view before I came. we Travelled down by water and had a very Comodious Large Boat and owning the weather being Pleasant we found it no ways disagreeable the boat itself beeing very dry, and Papa thought change of Air and Marine diet would be of service to my Cough which had grown

worse since comeing here, but it is now better since I have Commenced takeing again. C. Coughdrops.

We return to Holly Shelter again in about 5 or 6 Days at Least, I have no news to acquaint you with only that Betsey grows fast and can say a few words, and will soon talk plain.

I pass my Time Lonely and heavily Enough my Dearest Friend, tho surrounded with Company and Friends for the want of your Affectionate and kind Society. I know and hope you do too how much I wish to see and Converse with you, and therefore will not attempt discribeing to you how much I wish to see you. Adieu and belief me allways tenderly and Affectionately attached to you I remain yr faithfull Eliza E. Haywood

Wilmington May the Eight 1800

Papa Mama and the Girls and my Aunt all beg to be Affectionately remembered you

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John Haywood Esquire


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