Dr. Simon Tufts
, that skilful physician and polished gentleman, was persuaded to accept the agency of Colonel Royal
's affairs during an absence which was meant to be short.
The breaking out of hostilities so near to him as Lexington
was too much for the colonel's courage ; and, through very fear, he started for he knew not where.
He arrived safely in Halifax
, and there wrote his friend, Dr. Tufts
, May, 1775, urging him to become his agent in taking care of his property.
This the doctor declined, but afterwards accepted.
, Colonel Royal
wrote to Dr. Tufts
, under date of March 12, 1776, concerning certain sales of slaves.
His directions were as follows:--
Please to sell the following negroes: Stephen and George; they each cost £ 60, sterling; and I would take £ 50, or even £ 15, apiece for them.
Hagar cost £ 35, sterling; but I will take £ 30 for her. I gave for Mira £ 35, but will take £ 25. If Mr. Benjamin Hall will give the $100 for her which he offered, he may have her, it being a good place.
As to Betsey, and her daughter Nancy, the former may tarry, or take her freedom, as she may choose; and Nancy you may put out to some good family by the year.
was then on the eve of departure for England
; and he thus writes to his friend in Medford
I shall leave North America with great reluctance; but my health and business require it; and I hope, through the goodness of God, if my life is spared, to be able to return again soon.
In August, 1777, Dr. Tufts
had a letter from him, dated Kensington, England
. Colonel Cary
, who had married a lady from New York, occupied Colonel Royal
's house in