From your Justice in Administration, to prevent all oppressions, and to punish the Guilty, and to redress the Grievances of the afflicted, I take this Opportunity of Addressing myself to you, who I look upon, as not only the Commander in Chieff of the State of North Carolina, but the Patriot and Father to the People. A Man, one Abner Nash, who passed for a Gentleman, formed a Plott, the most Cruel, the most mean and Black, that the Memory of Man can Trace. He Joyned with my Own Nephew, Mr. Roger Moore, to carry into Execution his destructive Plan. Mr. Abner Nash came about three years agoe with his Lady to Mr. Roger Moore’s up the Norwest, about 4 Miles from my Plantation. I owed then on Mortgage 2600£, and 1900 in other Debts. Mr. Moore, on Nash’s arrival, Sent to let me know Mr. Nash wished to serve me and render me happy in my old days, and beged I would come over. As my Nephew Sent and Mr. Nash had married my Sister, and was a man of great abilitys, Oppulent in Fortune, and in Appearance a Gentleman, I went over to Mr. Moore’s well pleased with one that could so readily assist me. I rejoiced, as if some Guardian Angel had dropt from the Clouds. After we had dined, we took a turn in the Piaza. Colol. Davis, Said he, doe you Intend to Stay in the Army? I Informed him, from my Campaign to the North, I had Lost the use of my Arm for about Three Months, but had got the Use of it again, and if I continued well Should Stay in the Service.
He asked me for my proposals. I gave him a memorandum of 150 p. year for cloths, as I thought I would be as moderate as possible to a man which was willing to Oblige me, and would not be outdone in Generosity. He made use of this very Paper against me, which you will find. The fatal night came when every thing was ripe for the Aproaching Day; we Danced Late; I was very much in Liquor (Mr. Richd. Speight was there). There was a Particular Bottle for me. I told Mr. Moore the Rum had a Physical taste, but, not being Suspicious, it past off, tho’ I am now certain there was Lodanum in the Rum. The next morning Nash Saw it was the proper time to take every advantage of me, As he Saw I was totally Stupid and, to be certain of his Work, he asked me for the Memorandum I gave him; I puled out of my Pocket some other Paper. This is not it, said he, for he had the paper in his Pocket, but did this to find if I was not a total Blank as to any desernment. He asked me Imediately to goe into the Study. I went; he then Drew an Instrument of Writing, tho’ Short Contained Much, for it was to dispossess me of all property, Real and personal, without any Provision for my Support, but only the 150£ pr. year. He drew a Bill of Sail which took every thing from me, both real and Personal, nothing of property Left. My Fourteen Consisted of 28 Negroes, a Plantation of 1000 acres, a fine Place, on which are a Saw Mill, a Pretty Stock of Cattle, Sheep & Hoggs. There was in Gang of Negroes a Shoemaker, a Wheel Wright, Carpenter, an Excellent Cooper; they were beyond the best negroes to their number in the State. And these were taken from me in this Wicked manner. He Broke me up intirely and Turned me on the World for Bread.