Letter - c.1745 to Mr. Douw about buying George Pook

Unidentified author
Date: c.1745
Author: Unidentified author
Medium: ink on paper
Recipient: Mr. Douw

The watermark on the document is a royal British oval, a three-jeweled crown with a cross pattèe – a typical British watermark seen on paper until the early 1800s. There is no wax seal or signature.

Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art Library
Digital Data Number: DI 1290
Catalogue Number: ms 2368 no. 2

Nothing is written on the reverse of this document. The exact date of the document cannot be determined, but the Old English penmanship, the watermark, ink, and language suggest the document dates from about 1740-1750. The penmanship has a hint of Old Dutch style.

This letter is not likely about an enslaved person. It is most likely a letter about an indentured servant, but we do not know the identity of the person considered for sale.