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Letter from Thomas Burke to Pierce Butler
Burke, Thomas, ca. 1747-1783
August 07, 1781
Volume 15, Page 596


Wms.Borough, August 7th, 1781.

Dr. Sir:

I have just received your letter of the 7th of July with its incloses from Mrs. Middleton, and am to the last degree provoked at the barbarous Treatment she has Received from those rapacious fellows whom you name.

From your State of the matter the whole proceeding was wrong. No Vessel should be concerned unless some white person taken on board had been examined, nor should any libel be sustained without proceeding of some such person and the papers.

I need not describe to you Sir how much I feel for Mrs. Middleton's Situation and how impatient I shall be until all in my power shall be done for her redress.

Being very much engaged in business at present I must defer a more particular answer to your obliging letter to a future opportunity.