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Letter of John Vidal, 1727 Aug. 31.

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May it please your Honr.

The Dolefull and most miserable state that I now am under makes me with a heavey heart write to your Honr in this lamentable case which must overwhelm my poor parents and friends with greif when they shall hear of my being brought to so an untimely end, The many misfortunes which happened to me and tenderness of youth in being overtaken by the temptations of the world together with the late loss I sustained by the master of my Vesell who Run a way with her from Potomack in Maryland with her load of tobacoe put me quite out of heart of ever seeing my Dear parents which threw me in Dispair and melancholy this is well known by severall Gentlemen in Maryland likewise by Mr Fitzwilliams Surveyer Generall, this finishing stroke of my misfortunes almost bereaved me of my sences which god forgive me for it, but I never intended to go apirating which was Decleared by Edward Coleman at his Dying minute Your honr was so good to me, as to give me longer time of Repentance than the rest which god bless you and yours for, but however Dear Sr with a weeping heart I crave and for the love of God I beg your honr will be so good as to give me such a time longer of Repentance as Your Honr in your Discrestion shall jud[g]e proper this will be a grate benefit to my poor soul which must answer before the great tribunal of heaven for all my sins Done in the body what a Comfortable thing it is for a Dying man to have a little