A Guide to John Catlett's Letter to Thomas Catlett, 1664 Apr 1 Letter to Thomas Catlett, 1664 Apr 1. MS 1931.16

A Guide to John Catlett's Letter to Thomas Catlett, 1664 Apr 1.

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Manuscript Number MS 1931.16


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Repository
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
MS 1931.16
Title
Letter to Thomas Catlett, 1664 Apr 1.
Extent
2 p.; 29.5 cm.
Creator
Catlett, John.
Language
English

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John Catlett's Letter to Thomas Catlett, 1664 Apr 1, Manuscript # 1931.16, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Gift, 1931.

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Scope and Content Information

Catlett writes to his cousin about status of a personal debt, about the poor crop yields (including tobacco) and about problems with neighboring Indians: the Potomac Indians have killed some Englishmen and blamed other Indians. Actual murderers were captured but were set free at their trial by Governor Berkeley. Catlett has decided not to seek the "west sea" at this time. He has written an almanac and given copies to Berkeley and Secretary Thomas Ludwell. Includes cipher to say that he has been made "President of the Court." Concludes with family news and comments on the state of the Church in England. Advises that letters be sent only in certain ships that go directly to the Rappahannock River.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Berkeley, William, Sir, 1608-1677.
  • Catlett, Thomas.
  • Ludwell, Thomas, 1628- 1678.
  • Subjects:

  • Church of England -- Virginia.
  • Ciphers.
  • Crop yields.
  • Indentured servants --Revolutions.
  • Indians of North America --Virginia.
  • Potomac Indians.
  • Ships.
  • Slave insurrections --United States.
  • Tobacco.
  • Wheat.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Rappahannock County (Va.)

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Berkeley, William, Sir, 1608-1677.
  • Catlett, Thomas.
  • Ludwell, Thomas, 1628- 1678.