Letter from John Randolph, Bizarre, to Citizen [James Brown] about "the bearer...brings...Tobs..." and "Quasha brings Mr. Brown some Butter..." He writes that "...we are almost frozen to death, & if the weather continues as it is now, expect to hear that all the northern trade is embargoed - which will be very unfortunate for our Yankee brethren since they will have no stories to give us of French Piracy - Mr. Webster must then be dumb." Dec 22, 1798. He noted date as: 22d Decr. 22d Independence 2d Nivose 6th year F[rench] R[evolution]. ALS
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John Randolph of Roanoke Letter to "Citizen James Brown," Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary https://scrcguides.libraries.wm.edu/repositories/2/resources/4258 Accessed October 17, 2019.