GRIFFIN'S FERRY, July 13, 1775.
To Mess. DIXON & HUNTER. Gentlemen, I am this day informed, by a friend, that a very extraordinary publication is to appear in your gazette this week, stigmatizing Mess. Mills and Lorimer and myself in the most unjustifiable manner, in regard to a quantity of goods which four men of Gloucester county supposed I had brought in from London, for the above mentioned Gentlemen, and landed at Urbanna. I shall, without hesitation, take upon me to say that I did not bring in any goods for them, or any other person, and am ready to make oath to this assertion whenever I may be called upon for that purpose; and my chief mate, and other officers, will attest the same. The conduct of these men is highly reprehensible and malicious, as they have endeavored to fix a heavy charge upon me, without having proper grounds to support it. As to those Gentlemen whose characters have been aspersed, as well as my own, they will, I make no doubt, be able to confute every thing their Accusers have charged them with. I am, Gentlemen, your humble servant, MOSES ROBERTSON. The accusation that Capt. Robertson refutes above: GLOUCESTER, July 10, 1775. In consequence of a resolution of the committee of Middlesex county, entered into on the 6th of last month, respecting some goods taken from on board Capt. Moses Robertson, by Messrs. Mills and company, in vindication of our characters, we are induced to inform the public that being at Urbanna, in order to deliver a vessel to those Gentlemen, we saw boats pass divers times in the night to and from a ship which we were told was Captain Robertson's; at the same time a Gentlemen of that company stood on the shore, where we saw parcels landed, which appeared to us to be goods. This we are ready to make oath when required. Gloucester, July 10, 1775. John Parsons, John Degge, William Degge, William Hudgin.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) July 15, 1775
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Moses Robertson captained ships sailing between England and Virginia for many years. He picked up tobacco in Virginia, took it to England to be sold and returned with English goods. In spite of the American boycott of British goods, he continued in this trade until 1776. In a letter Robertson wrote from Urbanna on June 12, 1775 to John Norton in London, he reported that he was relieved that planters were still exporting their tobacco and that he would be picking up 10 hogsheads of tobacco from Councillor Carter. By August, he reported that he had picked up 460 hogsheads of tobacco and that he hoped to set sail for England by August 20.
Sources: John Norton