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|Jamaica / St Elizabeths Octr 8th 1788
Dr Brother / your Letter to me in 86 was
the first and the Last that I Ever read
you Promist in that, that you would write
after and Requested the same of me which I
have Done and I am Surprised that you Dont
write me I suppose it is as the old Saying
is out of Sight out of Mind. I have wrote
I wrote Some Time To My Brother Asa
and Like wise To My Brother Armes
To Inquire of the wellfair of their
Families But Recd no answer from
Ither I wish that when you see them
Giv My Compts To them and Till them
that I am Greatly Obliged To them for the
Trouble they have Taken in writing to
me and Further I wish you would
Let me know of the wellfair of their
Families as well as of your own. I want
much To hear how Matters go on in
America we have Various Accounts
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Simeon Hawks was a Tory and having vowed that "he would go where the devil couldn't find him" he was, by 1780, established as an overseer on a plantation with 120 slaves on the island of Jamaica, West Indies. In this letter, he inquires about his Deerfield family and wonders why his brothers do not write to him. He reminds his brother that he owns property in Conway, Massachusetts, and is afraid that the government has confiscated it. It was not unusual for the Commonwealth to take possession of land owned by those who were loyal to the Crown. He also says that he received word that his sister and brother-in-law are going to Canada. They must also have been Tories.
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Letter to Zadock Hawks
| author Simeon Hawks
| date Oct 8, 1788
| location Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
| width 7.25"
| height 7.75"
| process/materials manuscript, paper, ink
| item type Personal Documents/Letter
| accession # #L04.029
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