Thomas Ringgold, Letter to Benjamin Chew, 1743

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Thomas Ringgold, Letter to Benjamin Chew, 1743

Kent County Maryland Octr 29th 1743

Dr Sr
I embrace this Opportunity by Captn Loyd to convince you
that my Friendship extends even to distant Climes when you are there; and
very sincerely assure you that neither Time, Space, or Accident shall ever prevent
my good Wishes for your Welfare. I likewise inform you that I
have lately entered into that State which the Divines say is honourable
amongst all Men & hope to enjoy a good deal of Satisfaction therein, for [?]
that depends altogether upon the Goodness of the Choice I think I have a fair
Prospect, & hope shall have Philosophy enough to think that best which
must necessarily Happen. I was complaisant enough however
to let me Master be married before me, your Uncle John Galloway is like to conclude
a Match with the Widows Fishbourne in Philadelphia.

The Quakers in Pensylvania have carried their Election, without Opposition.
I saw Uncle Peter, & Sammy Johns not long since, who acquainted me
with the agreeable Miss N—ys Welfare, which perhaps may be News not
ungrateful to you; but Peter’s opposing your Father in the Election by which
means he says yr Father miss’d getting in to the Assembly has made an
open Rupture between them in so much that they don’t speak to each other.
Uncle Peter, I think, seems, by his Conversation, to be inclined to change Sides,
and if I can Prophecy, with the help of this Difference, in a few Years he’l be
a profess’d an Enemy to the Pensylvania Government as ever he was to that of

As I shall always have Dependance enough on your Friendship
to have Discourse to you in any Difficulties that I may meet with in
the Books, hope you’l give me an Answer in these two Points, as you may
take an Opportunity of hearing them controverted, I suppose by able Judges
where you reside. One is, suppose a Man is barr’d of his Right of Entry by
the 21 of Iac. 1 Chap. 16 for not prosecuting his Claim within twenty years after
his Right of Entry accrues & should have a Right of Action remaining, whether
he could not be relieved by a Real Action allowed by the 32 of Hen 8 Chap. 2 for I
cant sees but that Stat. is still in Force, tho Real Writs are now much disused; there
is two Cases you’ll find in Salh. 421 Stokes versus Berry, & 341 Hunt versus Burn.
one of which seems to be for, & the other against it. Tho other is Tenant in Tail
aliens his land to A in Fee & covenants that he has, good Right, true Title & lawful
Authority to sell & further covenants that he will make do & execute any such
other Act or Acts Conveyances or Assurances in Law, at the proper Covt & charge
of the said A as A. or his Council shall advise or require. whether by such a Deed
Tenant in Tail can be compelled to suffer a Common Recovery to A. These are
Points that I should be glad to be satisfied in, & kindly acknowledge yr Favour
in advising concerning them the first Opportunity, I should with Pleasure
hear of yr Welfare & hope yr Voyage worth communicating. I believe all
yr Friends both in Maryland & else where are well as you left them.


Thomas Ringgold
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Chew family papers
Collection 2050
Chew, Benjamin (1722-1810)
Thomas Ringgold to Benjamin Chew (1773)
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Thomas Ringgold 1xxx-00x-00x-00x

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