It was always my intention to free the child.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

Halifax July 12 1771

Sir, When Mr Bignall went last in to Virginia I desir’d him to speak to you about a mulatto Boy he has of yours.  He tells me you have agreed that I shall have him for £20, on Condition I give the Child his Freedom. The money I have sent by Mr. Miller, & hereby promise and oblige my self to perform that part of the agreement respecting his Freedom.  You may be assured it was always my intention. I will be obliged to you to give Mr. Miller a line to Mr. Bignall authorizing him to deliver the Child to me, & I am, Sir, Your mo. Obed’t hon’t Serv’t, William McClellan

[On reverse} To David Meade Esqr.  Favour of W. Miller

Miscellaneous Slave Records, Edgecombe County Records, North Carolina State Archives.