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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Urmston to David Humphreys
Urmston, John
February 05, 1721
Volume 02, Pages 416-417

[From N. C. Letter Book of S. P. G.]

North Carolina Feby 5th 1720/1


Since my last of Xber 22nd nothing of any moment occurs save that I am still detained here against my will in this wretched country in hopes of getting my money but greatly suspect I shall be disappointed I was to have had £120 the first of last month and got but £54 and the £122 due six years ago is not yet raised notwithstanding an act of Assembly which I obtained with great struggling last August for the payment of it on or before 25th Novr last nor do I believe I shall ever have it. I will wait till May and if there be no more likelihood than I see at present I think to come home—I did hope to have something to come home to but am forced to draw Bills for everything I want I was not very happy in my late wife's days upon divers accounts but I am now quite weary of my life and worse put to it than ever to subsist what I've received from the

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parish is all gone towards paying for a Negro within ten days after I bought him and a white man who run a way with in the like time If I had not received the money I verily believe I never should have received a penny from the parish. I endured 4 or 5 arrests to make me give Bills of Exchange but being restive my creditors were obliged to take parish pay with the advance of £150 per Ct in lieu of Stg money.

I desired in my last as I now do that if any one came to the Society or Treasurer that called himself my Son that no notice should be taken of him I have been forced to turn him adrift for his undutifulness in combining with my Servants to ruin me he got a servant wench with child who had 2 years to serve rendered her not only useless but even a burden to me yet am forced to keep her not knowing where to get a better being in great want of provisions I sent a Bill of Exchange for £20 to Coll. Heathcoat at New York but after divers since the date thereof which was July 15th 1719 I cannot hear from him I pray you or the Treasurer to acquaint him whether it was ever tendered or paid I hear he is poor which makes me fear my money is lost we are informed our late good for nothing proprietors have sold their interests in these parts to 3 Quakers if so the Church is like to flourish others say we are under the Crown—I can not hear from England I am buried alive in this hell of a hole—the last from you was dated Nov. 16th 1716—Sr pray favour me with a line or 2 which you may direct to Mr. Jeykill collector at Boston in the next he'll forward it to Sr your most humble Servant