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Some Violence among the Planters, or, 
How the Honor of the Slave-Killing Lady of Westwood was defended by her Husband and Son, not without Consequences

Westwood Plantation, near Dumfries, Virginia, was established in the 1740s by the Reverend James Scott, an immigrant from Morayshire.  Scott was the minister of Overwharton Parish, which had its church in Dumfries, the owner of several thousand acres of land in Virginia, and a partner with Washington and Madison in the Ohio Company.  Westwood was described in a petition to the House of Burgesses as

a Tract of Land, containing 2000 Acres, upon which he hath built a very good and large Brick House two Stories high, with Cellars under the Whole, and completely finished, all Necessaries and convenient Offices, with a Garden, Orchards, and fine Meadows

The inventory of Scott's estate, included at the end of this document, included such items as "Branchd. French Plate Candlesticks", a cherry dressing table, and a Mahogany tea board, besides 26 slaves.  It must have been a truly grand estate.

But, quite beside that, it was the scene of some of the most famous events in local history.  The best known part of this story concerns a duel fought between John Scott and Colonel John Baylis in 1765.  John Scott was a son of the Rev. James, and he was 18 years old when the duel took place.  Scott's charge to Baylis was preserved by the family and later printed in a family history.

Westwood, Monday, September 2nd, 1765

     Sir: Your scurrility to me the other day, when you so manfully drew your sword upon a naked man, I should have passed by as unworthy of my resentment, nor would I have paid more regard to so palpable a falsehood as was contained in the advertisement you first set up at Tyler's, because I regard it as below the resentment of any gentleman.  But as soon as I heard that you had dared to cast aspersions on the character of my Father (whose sacred function would have protected him from any but a wretch dead to every sentiment of virtue and honor), I no longer hesitate to call you to that account which your repeated insults to the best of men so loudly called for.  I shall therefore expect you next Wednesday morning at the back part of Quantico church, armed with pistols and attended by some gentleman, furnished with a pair of the same instruments.  I think it necessary that we should each come accompanied by some gentleman in whose honor we can confide, not only as it may be serviceable to the survivor to produce proof that he killed his antagonist in an honorable way, but because the great disparity in our strength might lay me open to advantage which I have too much reason to think you would very readily make use of.  I therefore insist upon seconds, and I would have them to be of reputation.  You are at liberty to choose whom you please for your attendant, and I shall endeavor to get one to attend me to whom you can have no exception.

          Your humble servant,
          John Scott

Baylis responded,

     To Mr. John Scott, Dumfries, Sept. 3rd, 1765

     Sir: I received yours this day by the hands of Mr. Bullett.  I shall forbear to use that low, base scurrility that you do, but tell you at once I shall meet you according to your desire armed with a pair of pistols and a small sword to give that satisfaction you have demanded.

     John Baylis

Here is the account of the duel printed in the Annapolis Gazette

Mr. Green: As is appeared at the Examining Court from the original letters and the deposition of the witnesses who saw it, that the following is the true and exact account of the late unhappy difference which arose on the 4th of September last past at the town of Dumfries between two gentlemen, I doubt not but your inserting it in your paper will not only be satisfactory to many of your readers, but serve to warn others from the like rashness and the gratifying their resentment at the expense of everything that is dear to them.  A short time before the accident happened, John Scott, a young gentleman of good family, having had a difference with Col. John Baylis, a man of superior strength, Col. Baylis the next day set the following advertisement in the town of Dumfries:

This is to give notice that Thomas Blackburn and John Scott are arrant cowards.
John Baylis
At the bottom of this Col. Blackburn and Mr. Scott added these words:
The author of this is a ______ liar, which the subscribers are at any time ready to prove.
Thomas Blackburn
John Scott

I also add, he is a bully and dares not engage a gentleman on equal terms.
John Scott


In answer to which Baylis set up a second advertisement, as follows:

The best proof of Blackburn's and Scott's assertion would be to present to Baylis a pair of pistols in private, and if he refuse them, then their veracity for the future would not be suspected.  But such a proposition will never be made, for as Blackburn and the son (obliterated) they dislike the smell of gunpowder.
John Baylis
In consequence of these advertisements Mr. Scott conceived himself obliged to call Baylis to account, in a way the world falsely calls honorable, and sent him a challenge.  This challenge was conveyed to him by the hands of Mr. Cuthbert Bullett, a gentleman of good character and peaceable temper, who, having intermarried with a sister of Mr. Scott, was the rather to be depended upon.  The challenge was left open for Mr. Bullett's perusal, and accompanied by a letter from Mr. Scott to Mr. Bullett, by which letter it appears that Mr. Scott had intimated to Mr. Bullett his intention of fighting Baylis before the letter was wrote, and that Mr. Bullett used every argument in his power to divert Mr. Scott from his purpose as appears from a letter sent to Scott by him the Monday night after he received Scott's letter.  To this letter Mr. Scott returned for answer, that the injuries he had received were of such a nature that he could not overlook them unless Col. Baylis would acknowledge his being in the wrong, particularly in respect to his unprovoked reflection on the character of the Rev'd. James Scott, so that Bullett finding it utterly out of his power to change Scott's resolution at length yielded to his importunity and on Tuesday evening delivered Scott's challenge to Baylis and in about a quarter of an hour received the following answer:
To Mr. John Scot, Dumfries, Sept. 3rd, 1765
Sir: I received yours this day by the hands of Mr. Bullett.  I shall forbear to use that low, base scurrility that you do, but tell you at once I shall meet you according to your desire armed with a pair of pistols and a small sword to give that satisfaction you have demanded.
John Baylis
It also appeared from the course of evidence that Bullett did not enter into this affair without reluctancy, but he had great expectation of compromising it at the place appointed for this dreadful business.  On Tuesday evening, after dark, Mr. Scott came out of the country to Mr. Bullett's lodging in town, and Wednesday, before sunrise, they repaired to the place appointed armed with a case of pistols each.  In a short time Baylis, accompanied by one Nathan Skipwith White, as his second, came on the field armed with pistols and a small sword.  Baylis and Scott directly threw off their coats.  Baylis cocked one of his pistols, presented at Scott and bade him measure his distance.  Scott instantly cocked and presented his pistol, calling to Baylis to put off his sword, and here probably the quarrel would have ended had not Bullett, agreeably to the plan he had preconcerted to bring about a reconciliation, rushed between them and entered into an expostulation with Baylis as well with regard to his second who was a man of no worth or reputation.  This behavior of Bullett, however, had not the desired effect, for Baylis, resenting his interposition, proceeded to give him abusive language, asking him if he would take it upon himself, adding he would fight him anyway.  Bullett, irritated at this treatment, too hastily accepted the proposal.  Baylis threw off his sword and bade him follow.  Bullett, recollecting that Scott's pistols were not only a better pair but much surer fire, exchanged with him and followed Baylis.  Baylis, at about thirteen yards distance, stopped, asked Bullett if they were far enough, rested his pistol on his left arm, took aim and snapt.  He then called to Bullett, whose pistol was cocked, not to take advantage of him.  Bullett replied he would not, and dropped the muzzle of his pistol.  Baylis again rectified his pistol, presented it at Bullett, fired, but missed.  Bullett immediately returned the fire and wounded Baylis in the thigh groin.  Baylis fell, calling to Bullett that he had broken his thigh.  Bullett replied he was sorry for it and advanced some steps to his assistance.  But observing Baylis to be getting up with his second pistol in his hand, stopt.  Baylis, as soon as he was on his feet, again fired at Bullett, drew a third pistol which was concealed under his jacket, discharged it and then threw it at Bullett, who, with a loaded pistol in his hand, generously refused to take the life of a man who had already received a wound of which, in about five hours, he expired.  Upon this testimony the Examining Court, which consisted of seven gentlemen of character who sat upon the trial of Mr. Bullett, was unanimously of the opinion that he killed Mr. Baylis in his own defense, and dismissed him from any farther prosecution.  Poor Baylis has left a wife and children to lament his illtimed courage, and Mr. Bullett has a wife and three small children who share with him this great calamity.  The pistols Mr. Bullett fought with were about eight inches by the barrel, and the report of his having threatened Baylis, preceding the duel, was altogether groundless.
 

John Scott fled the country for Scotland, where he entered King's College of Aberdeen, eventually following his father into the ministry.

What, exactly, were John Scott and Colonel Baylis fighting about?  Why was Baylis insulting the Reverend Scott? A chance survival of certain documents allows us to see what may have lain behind the duel, and these records also provide another glimpse into the lives of the Scott family and the Virginia plantation elite.  In 1762, Sarah Scott, the wife the Reverend James Scott and the mother of John Scott, killed one of the Scott's slaves, a boy named Davy.  A coroner's inquest said that the death was accidental.  John Baylis, as one of the Justices of the Peace for Prince William County, told the county court that a complaint had been made to him, stating that Davy's death was actually "murder in a most cruel manner" and that the inquest had been intimidated by the Reverend Scott into returning the "accidental death" verdict.  The Scotts circumvented Baylis by arranging for the investigation into this matter to be handled by their friend Henry Lee, another Justice of the Peace.  For some unknown reason, Lee's inquest was copied into the county deed book, where it can still be read (Deed Book P:254-260).

Prince William Etc.  Whereas complaint had been made to me John Baylis one of his Majesty's Justices for the County of Prince William that Sarah Scott wife of James Scott Clerk did on the      day of April in the year of our Lord 1762 murder in a most cruel manner a certain slave named Davy the property of the said James Scott and that the Coroner sat on the body of the Deceas'd  and swore the several Evidences who by the said James Scott was intimidated by various means & unjustifiable Methods did thereby prevent the truth from being uttered by the Evidences and that the Proceedings of the Inquest was illegal by means of several of the jurors who judged it wilful murder departed before the Report was signed in manner and form & thereby defeated the power of the law.

These are therefore in his Majesty's name to command you to bring the said Sarah Scott before me or some other Justice of the Peace for this County to be dealt with as the Law directs, given under my hand this 18th day of September 1762.

John Baylis

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To the Sheriff to execute and return
Summon Edward Cornwell, Rachel Nichols, James Pych, Joseph Davis, John Sparks & Jane Vandiver

Executed and Returned before Henry Lee Esquire the 13th Sept. 1762.

Foushee Tebbs, Sherif

Prince William Etc.  An examining into the within complaint & hearing the Witnesses against the Accused on behalf of the King (being altogether directed by the law) upon the whole I am of Opinion that as the death of the Negro with which the Defd. Sarah Scott is charged was occasioned by an Accidental Blow from the said Sarah without any Malice or Design to Kill; the same ought to be Dismist and have Adjudged Accordingly Given under my hand this 14th September 1762.

Henry Lee

*     *     *

The Deposition of Lewis Renoe Gent. aged fifty years & upwards taken before me Henry Lee Gent. one of his Majestie's Justices of the Peace for the County of Prince William on the Examination of Mrs. Sarah Scott wife of the Reverend Mr. James Scott of the said County touching the Charge Exhibited against her for the Murder of Davy a Negro boy belonging to the said James Scott & being sworn upon the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God deposeth that he as Coroner sat upon the body of the said Negro Davy & that  from the Testimony given upon behalf of our Lord the King it appeared to the deponent & the Jury that the death of the said Negro boy proceeded from an Accidental Stroke given him by the said Sarah Scott without any Intention of killing or destroying him that himself & the Jury were all sober & brought this their Inquest Accordingly Accidental Homicide, that upon taking the Inquest or at any other time to this deponent's knowledge neither the before mentioned James Scott or any other person used any means or methods to Influence the Jury to find against the Testimony or to Intimidate or prevent the Witnesses from swearing the truth & further this Deponent saith not.

Lewis Reno

Sworn to before me this 13th day of September 1762

Henry Lee

*     *     *

The Deposition of Rachael Nichols aged about twenty six years  taken before me Henry Lee one of his Majestie's Justices of the Peace for the County of Prince William on the Examination of Mrs. Sarah Scott wife of the Reverend Mr. James Scott of the said County touching the Charge Exhibited against her for the Murder of a Negro boy slave of the said James Scott's her husband, being first sworn upon the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God deposeth & saith that on the thirty first day of March last past Davy a Negro boy of the said James Scott's having run away was brought home and by the order of his master received moderate correction, that some time after he was ordered into the Garden by his Mistress the said Sarah Scott to work amongst several other Negroes which the said Sarah had been the whole day directing and overseeing, that this deponent some time afterwards saw the said Negro boy laying on his back in one of the alleys of the Garden moving his hands over his head the said Sarah some distance off with her back towards him & that she never saw anything of him afterwards until by the desire of the said James Scott and Sarah Scott his wife this Deponent went to a log'd house a small distance from the Garden Carrying some Drops with her which Mr. Scott desired as she said, Perhaps the boy might die in a fainting fit, that when this Deponent went to the Logged house she there found the said boy dead then this deponent returned and acquainted the said Mrs. Sarah Scott of the same which seemed to giver her great Uneasiness & Expressed great Concern, declaring  though she believed she struck the said Boy about neglecting his work she had no design to hurt, much less to kill him and desired this Deponent again to return to the said boy & try to bring him to himself if possible, which she did, but in Vain that there appeared to this deponent to be no mark of violence upon the said Negro boy Davy, for she stript him & wash'd him all over with brandy & saiv only some blood on the hind part of his head in one spot Mixed with his wool or hair, that the next Morning this deponent went to the spot in the Garden where she saw the said boy lying the day before & there Examined & found no sign of Blood in any part of the alley, that this deponent has lived in Mr. Scott's Family and well knows that the said Negro boy Davi was a Particular Favourite of his Mistress the said Mrs. Scott who used frequently to Excuse him for that reason, she believes, when he deserved correction, that this deponent knows of no Malice or ill will the said Mrs. Scott had against the said Boy nor does she believe from appearances that the said Sarah had any Intention of Maiming or killing the said Slave & further saith not.

Rachael * Nichols (her mark)

Sworn to before me this 13th day of September 1762

Henry Lee

*     *     *

The Deposition of Edward Cornwell aged about twenty six years  taken before me Henry Lee one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Prince William on the Examination of Mrs. Sarah Scott wife of the Reverend Mr. James Scott of the said County touching the Charge Exhibited against her for the Murder of Davy a Negro slave of the said James Scott her husband, being first sworn upon the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God deponent & saith that in the presence of this Deponent who was a small Distance off the said Sarah Scott with a small walking Cane or stick did strike the said Negro boy Davy twice which felled him to the Ground, that the same appeared to be done with no Evil or malicious Intent but through the Heat of Passion & with no design to Mortally wound or kill the said Negro boy Davy as this deponent verily believes, and that the same Accident might have happened to any other Person by striking an unlucky blow without having any Malice or Evil Intention that the said Negro boy Davy lived better than a Quarter of an hour after as this deponent believes & further saith not.

Edward Cornwell

Sworn to before me this 13th day of September 1762

Henry Lee

*     *     *

The Deposition of John Scott aged about fifteen years  taken before me Henry Lee one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Prince William upon the Examination of Mrs. Sarah Scott wife of the Reverend Mr. James Scott Clerk touching the Charge Exhibited against her for the Murder of a negro Davy a slave the property of her husband the said James and this Deponent, being first sworn upon the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God deposeth & saith some time before the death of the said Negro in the same day he was with some other Negroes in the Garden, that Mrs. Sarah Scott went out where they were at Work and as this Deponent thinks in a very good humour that soon, after she went out he saw her strike the said Davy one blow with a walking stick but saw no other blow given the said Negro by the said Sarah nor heare anything of the boy till he saw him carried about half an hour after the blow out of the Garden to a small Log'd house & was informed him as in Danger of Dying upon which he Immediately went to see him when he found him Dead but upon Examination of the boys head & body both which he Inspected he found no Mark of Violence upon either.  Further this deponent saith not.

John Scott

Sworn to before me this 13th day of September 1762

Henry Lee

*     *     *

The Deposition of Joseph Davis, aged sixty six years  taken before me Henry Lee one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Prince William upon the Examination of Mrs. Sarah Scott wife of the Reverend Mr. James Scott of the said County touching the Charge Exhibited against her for the Murder of Davy a negro boy belonging to the said James Scott and being first sworn upon the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God deposeth & saith that he was one of the Jurors of our Lord the King on the Inquest taken upon the Body of the said David a Negro boy the Property of the said James Scott, & that they of the Jury upon the said Inquest were of  Opinion from the Evidence given them on the behalf of our Lord the King that the Death of the said Negro Davy proceeded from an Accidental Stroke given him by the said Mrs. Sarah Scott without any Malice or Evil Intention to destroy or kill the said Negro boy and that they Sealed their Inquest Accordingly that Neither this Deponent nor any of the Jury to his knowledge that day drank more than one small dram of Brandy when they first came, that there was no threats or other Means used by the said James Scott or any other Person to Influence the Jury to find against the Testimony or to Intimidate  or prevent the Witnesses from swearing the truth & that the Testimony of Edward Cornwell & Rachael Nichols given before the Coroner upon the Inquest & what they have this day declared is the same & further saith not.

Joseph Davis

Sworn to before me this 13th day of September 1762

Henry Lee

*     *     *

The Deposition of Jane Fandam of full age  taken before me Henry Lee one of his Majestie's Justices of the Peace for the County of Prince William upon the Examination of Mrs. Sarah Scott wife of the Reverend Mr. James Scott of the said County touching the Charge Exhibited against her for the Murder of Davy a negro boy belonging to the said James Scott and being sworn upon the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God deposeth & saith that she knows nothing of the Death of the said Boy & that she was not present when it happened & further saith not.

Jane Fandam

Sworn to before me this 13th day of September 1762

Henry Lee

*     *     *

The Deposition of James Bye of full age  taken before me Henry Lee one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Prince William on the Examination of Mrs. Sarah Scott wife of the Reverend Mr. James Scott of the said County touching the Charge Exhibited against her for the Murder of Davy a negro boy belonging to the said James Scott and being sworn upon the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God deposeth & saith that she knows nothing of the Death of the said Negro Boy & that he was not present when he died nor does he know how he came by his death but by report & further saith not.

James Bey

Sworn to before me this 13th day of September 1762

Henry Lee

*     *     *

At a Court held for Prince William County the 4th of October 1762 Henry Lee gent. returned this Warrant and the several Depositions taken before him and prayed the Court to Consider the same & that if any further prosecution was necessary they would order it & the Court hearing the Depositions were of Opinion that no further Prosecution was Necessary & ___ for the Justification of the said Sarah Scott Ordered that the Warrant Return & Depositions be Recorded.

Test. J. Graham Ct. Cur.

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The Inventory & Appraisement of the Estate of the Revd. Mr. James Scott Decd.  Westwood

(In pounds, shillings, and pence)
 
12 Mahogany Chairs
1 Easy do.
1 1/2 doz. Walnut do. 
1 Chery Dressing Table & Glass 
1 Walnut Tea Table 
1 Walnut Tea Table
1 Large Looking Glass
1 Mahogany Desk and Book Case1 Walnut Ditto
1 Stone Slab
2 Easy Chairs 
1 Mahogany Bedstd. with Furniture
1 old Book Case 
4 old Baskets 
Back Handirons & Brass Hand. in the Parler
1 Walnut Bedstd. Bed & Best Furniture with Curtains
1 Walnut Wash Stand 
1 Bed Bolster Matrass Quilted Bed Carpet 
1 Iron Back 2 pr. hand Irons Fenders (?) 2 pr. tongs and poker
1 Hair Breeny 
1 Branchd. French Plate Candlesticks 
1 Carpet 
1 Cherry Tea Table 
1 Set of Black & White China
9 Blue China Tea Cups Butter plate 
Tea Pot sugar Dish and Bowl
1 Plate Basket 10/ 1 Blue & white Bowl 
12 Deep and 12 Flat China Plates blue & white 
3 Red and white China Dishes 12 Plates
1 Large Glass Decanter
3 Glass Cans
1 Glass salver 14 jelly Glasses
1 Glass Tumbler 4 Beet (?) glasses 
19 Wine glasses 19/ 1 white stone Turn 
2 Glass Candlesticks
1 Jipand Tea Board and Bread Basket
1 Green pickle Stand
2 Delph Bowls 5/
1 Butter Boat
6 Queens China Dishes 18/ 
6 Plates Do.
12 Tortershell Colered Plates Flat
6 Deep 27/ 12 Green Flat & 11 Deep
11 white Stone plates 11/ 
9 white Stone Dishes 40/ 
2 Deep Dishes 4/  3 wash Bowls & Bottle
1 Chamber pot 2/ 2 Leather waiters 2/ 
1 Fire Screen 10/ 1 Chair Cushion 5/ 
1 Suit of Tent Curtains 30/ 
1 white worked Coverlid 5/ 
1 Mahogany Tea Board 40/ 
1 Fine Damask Table Cloth 30/ 
12 Napkins 60/ 1 Damask Table Cloth 
1 Diaper do. 20/ 2 Napkins Do. 24/ 
5 Diaper towels 30/ 1 linen Do. 3/ 
1 Dowlas Do. 3/ 2 Kenting Coverlids
2 pr. Sheets 60/ 1 pr. Do. 30/ 2 pr. old Do.
2 pillow Cases 7/6 2 screw augers 10/ 
2 pr. wooll Cards 10/ 2 Hackles 12
2 Cotten Wheels 12/ 2 Iron Tea Kittles 
1 Copper do. 20/ 1 pewter Chamber pot 
1 Chafin dish 5/ 1 Iron do. & Grid Iron 
1 Toster 2/6 1 Spice mortar 10/ 
1 warming pan 25/ 2 Cuntry Chamber potts
4 Brass Candlesticks 20/ 1 Iron do.
4 Flat Irons 10/ 2 Boxe irons 5/ 
3 Brass Sconces 10 2 pr. Tongs & Brass Fenders 15/ 
1 Cast Iron Fender 
11 Knives & Forks 15/ 
6 wooden handle Do.
12 Breakfast Knives 7/6 1 case Knife & Fork 
1 Copper still Cap & worm
1 Knife Box 1/ Inkstand 2/6 
2 old Cannesters 2 small pickle potts 10 Tart Moulds 1 Gun
8 Case Bottles 2 Gallons Each 20/ 
3 Dozen Quart Bottles 11/3 10 Fruit Do. 3/4 
12 pottle bottles 8/ Dressing Table & Glass
1 Bay Box 1/ 2 dozen pewter plates
1 Dozen of old do. 12/ 4 Dish Covers 8/ 
5 Large Dishes 50/ Tin plate warmer 
1 Dieping pan 2/ Ten Cullenders 2/6 
6 old pewter Basons 24/
1 pewter Turen 10/ 4 Flower potts 4/ 
10 Tart Moulds 5/ Frying pan 10/ 
1 Case of Silver handled Knives & Forks
104 oz. Silver plate
1 pr. Stilyards 7/6 1 pr. money Scales 
6 Coffe Cups & Saucers 15/ 
2 China Mugs 12/ 2 Queens Do.
3 China Bowls 12/ 1 porrenger 3 bowls
1 Glass Do. 5/ 1 large Glass Tumbler 5/
4 Fruite Plates 8/ 3 preserve Do. 3/ 
2 Sugar potts & Butter Boat 3/ 
3 Tea potts 3/ 6 old Coffe Cups 8/ 
2 Glass Salts & mustard pot 3/ 
1 Glass Sugar Dish & Butter Bowl 
1 Decanter 3/ 1 Glass Salver & Cruit 3/
13 Breakfst. plates 13/ 2 Dishes & Eight Plates 
5 Deep plates 5/ 2 Caped Bottles 6d 
1 Tin pickle Box 6d 3 maps & prints
1 Walnut Tea Table 15/ 3 pine do. 
3 old Trunks 6/ 1 Chest Drawers
1 Large Chest 7/6 1 Bed & Furniture
1 Coffee Mill 10/ 2 large Chests with Draws
2260 pounds of pork at 20/ 
1 Beef 1 Small do.
1 Dressing Glass & Table 40/ 
1 Bed Bedstead Curtains best Furniture
1 Bed Bowlster & pillows 
1 Bed Bedstead 2 pr. Blanketts  pillow Quilt 3 Blanketts
1 Bedstead 6/ 1 pr. Doggs Back
3 pr. old Sheets 10/ 27 Black Cattle
1 Bay Mare 1 Roan Horse
1 Black Stean (?) Colt & 1 Gray Horse
10 Head of Sheep 
1 Carrage Horse 1 Bay 4 years old
2 Carrage Horses
35 Hoggs & pigs L4 Broken Cart 10/ 
old waggon 40/ 1 Riding Chair L16
1 Copper Cittle 
Sarah L60 Milly & Child
Suck & Child L20 Marinda
Letty L10 Simon L60
Ned L30 Dafny L25
Manuel L50 Jack 40L 
Yallow Jinna 5/
1 Spade & Garden Rake
3 Grubing Hoes 1 Matack 16/ 
6 hilling hoes 20/ 6 plows 2 Colters
4 Axes 30/ 3 Chivses 6/ 
1 hammer 2/ 3 wedges 7/6
6 Iron potts 60 1 Dutch Over
3 pr. pot Hooks 3 Iron pot racks
2 wiar Seives 15/ Rowling stone 
1 pr. Citchen hand Irons
Gird Irons & Flesh forks
3 Bell Mettle Skilletts
10 old Tubs 20/ Iron plate warm 
1 half Bushel 
3 Barrels Cider 1 Cast Do.
8 Vollumes Spectator 20/ 
6 Do. Popes works 20/ 
3 Do. Shaftsburry Characteresticks 10/ 
3 Do. British Compendium 5/
2 Do. Guardian 5/ 
A Broken sett Swifts Viz. 14/20
2 Do. Fordycis on Education 6 
1 Do. Fordycis Moral Philosophy 3/ 
2 Do. Bishop of Maus Universial History
3 Do. Addison Petroneus 2/6 
1 Do. Gerald on Taste 2/6 
1 Do. Priors Poems 5/ 
1 Do. Granduer of the Romans
5 Do. Humes history Dissorted
2 do. Robertson history Scotland 
1 Do. Essays 10/
1 Do. Husbandry 
3 Do. Eliments of Critisism 
1 Do. Thompson's Seasons 2/6
1 Do. Beattus Poems
1 Do. Burnets history 
10 Do. Shakespears works 
1 Do. Browns Characteristics
 2 Do. use & abuse of Parliments
1 Do. Clarks Sermons 
1 Do. Turnbull on Education
1 Do. Gregorys Geometry 
2 Do. moral Philosophers 
1 Do. Hutchinsons Enquiry 
1 Do. Pamphlets
1 Do. Merders Abridgement 
1 Do. Solomns Gazatteer
Dissorted Vols. of Magazines
1 Do. Cruders Concordance
5 Do. Guthers History of England
20 Do. univershal history 
Virginia Laws 5/ 
5 Do. Synopies Critisism
a parcel of Disorted books 
a Broken sett shoe makers Tools
2 pr. Cotton Cards
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3
5
12
6
2
1
1
4
6
10

5
5
5
 

 


10
 

15
15
 

12
 
 

4
 
 
 

 15
6
 
 
 
 
 

5
12
8
 

1
10
6
 

6
 
 
 

6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6
 
 
 
 

6
6
 
 
 
 

4
6

6
 

7
 
 
 

6
 
 
 
 

6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

9
6
6

6
6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6
6
 

5
 

6
6
6
6
6
5
 

6
 
 
 

6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

10
10
 

 

We whose names herto subscribed being first sworn did appraise the Estate of the Late Reverand Mr. James Scott as above witness our hands this 12th Day of Febuary 1784

William Alexander
James Gwatkings
John Mcmillion

*     *     *

In obedience to an order of the worshipful Court of Prince Wm. we the Subscribers being first sworn have inventoried and appraised the Estate of the Rve. Mr. James Scott in the County of Fauquier this 25th day of March 1783.
 
29 large hogs  15/
17 small do.   6/
12 pigs   1/ 
13 old sheep   8/ 
5 lambs   3/ 
6 cows    3/
6 young cattle 30/
1 coult   2/ 
1 Bay Mare w. Sorrell Colt 
1 old bay Mare
1 Small colt and 1 black do.
1 Waggon & Geer 
4 Waggon Horses
1 Black Mare 
19 wt. Iron    @6d 
3 axes
28 wt. Iron
36 wt. do.
Nanny
Beck
Charlotte
Jack
Daniel
Moll
Cloe
Stephen 
Betty & her child Maria
Daphney
Ben
Caesar 
0
0
0
5
0
18
9
0
25
10
10
15
30
10
0
0
0
1
30
25
100
15
60
30
15
10
50
20
30
100

836

15
5
12
1
15
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
15
9
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6
 

0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
4
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6