FREDERICKSBURG, February 17, 1777.
The subscribers being to leave this Country in a very short Time, desire all Persons who have any Claims against them to bring them in, that they may be settled and paid off; and hope all those who have not yet settled their open Accounts will do it speedily. HENRY MITCHELL, JAMES FREELAND, *** The HOUSES and LOTS in Possession of Henry Mitchell, on the main Street of Fredericksburg, are to be sold or rented. The Houses are almost new, and very convenient for People in Trade.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) February 21, 1777
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Henry Mitchell was a native Scotsman who lived in Fredericksburg for twenty years as a factor and partner in a Glasgow mercantile firm. He fled Virginia for New York on the HMS Phoenix and finally returned to Scotland in 1781 only to find that his partners had gone bankrupt. Mitchell filed a claim to the British Treasury in 1784. James Freeland was in London at that time and supported Mitchell's claim.