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l 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 1778.
The house and farm were rented for £ 200. At a later period, when three gentlemen bought the entire estate on speculation, expecting to realize lo to Salem, and procure him a passage to Antigua in a vessel bound there; and that he (said Jenks) would have gone, but the battle prevented him.
To this testimony may be added that of Colonel Royal himself.
In a letter to Dr. Tufts, dated Kensington, April 12, 1779, he says:--
I doubt not you, and Mr. Hall, and the rest of my friends, will do all in your power to procure me liberty from the General Court to return home as soon as my health will admit of.
He vindicated his character