From Thomas Blackburn
Rippon Lodge1 [Va.] Sepr 26th 1793.
I take the Liberty of inclosing for your Perusal, some Extracts from a Letter I have just received from a Gentleman of Barbados; the Purport of which appears to me to be interesting to the United States of America: and as it may possibly not yet have come to your Knowledge, I think it my Duty to forward to You the Intelligence without Delay; submitting it entirely to your better Judgment, whether it deserves your Attention. The Writer of the Letter, is a Gentleman in the medical Line, with whom I had the Pleasure of making an Acquaintance, when in Barbados the last Winter, and his Veracity I think may be certainly depended on.
I hope by the Return of my Messenger to hear that you & your Lady are in good Health—Mrs Blackburn joins me in most respectfull Compliments to both.2 I am, with the most perfect Esteem, Yr obedt humble Servt
ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.
1. Rippon Lodge was the name of Blackburn’s house and estate in Prince William County, at what is now Woodbridge, Virginia.
2. Christian Scott Blackburn (1744/45–1815) was Blackburn’s wife.