Benjamin Waller letter to Meriwether Skelton, 1780 February 21

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Benjamin Waller letter to Meriwether Skelton, 1780 February 21



Benjamin Waller writes to Meriwether Skelton concerning interest on the debt owed Waller by Skelton. Waller laments that many men have repaid his loans made to them in hard currency with devalued paper money by which he has lost a considerable fortune.


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Wmsburgh February the 21st: 1780

Dear Sir

I received your Letter, am
sorry to hear of your Infirmities, which I
hope will be relieved by the approaching
Spring, and am willing to receive the Interest
in paper Money, when ever it shall be paid.
I congratulate you and myself on finding
at last an honest Man; for my good
Friend, these Times have almost ruined
your old Acquaintance, and annihilated
the Labours of his Youth. Out of £10,000
chiefly lent in Gold Silver and Sterling
Money, upwards of £8000 have been forced
upon me within this Year or two, in the
abominable Paper Trash; and some have
been by Gentleman who I did not expect
would have treated me so. Your proposal
is just, and at these Times generous. Whenever
you think proper to take up the Bond and
will let me know the Commodities you
have to spare, you shall be informed of what
will suit me; in the mean time I am

Your most obt. Servant
Ben Waller

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Mr Ben Waller's Letter

Meriwether Skelton Esqr.

Receipts inclosed for Interest paid upon
£500 to Mr Waller _ the last interest paid 1778.

Spring Garden

Original Format

Ink on paper


Waller, Benjamin, 1716-1786, “Benjamin Waller letter to Meriwether Skelton, 1780 February 21,” Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed December 6, 2022,

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