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bbl Lamp Oyl, one hundred and twenty boxes spermcita Candles, sixty hhds best Codfish, fifteen bbls Tarr, teen half bbls Tallow, thirty thousand Eggharbour Shingles, 20 bbl pork, fifty barrels superfine flour, fifty bbls common Do. all the above articles procured timely so as the ship could sail one month sooner then she did last year. those articles procured timely would turn to advantage. it is fully my opinion that a Early Vessell to the north side would answer verry well with dry and pickled fish, and Candles, comon and fine flour. should you have a Vessel to bestoe on any poor young fellow would beg it as a favour to bestoe it on William Bardine, who I can recomend raly worthey your notice, and is verry capeable of disposeing of a Cargoe in this Island. his Industry this Voyage has given me a greate oppinion of him. we are all well on board have perfect harmony subsisting among us. Your kind assistance in getting my small part of the affects per the Betsey Ann insured at Bristol layes me under the greatest obligation, and greatly adds to the many favours all ready received. it [is] imposable to give you any information what time I shall sale. have nothing remarkeable to acquaint you with. Am Your Most Obliged humble Servant and Tenders of service, BENJAMIN WRIght

N. B. I have exprest above that every thing of the Ships Cargo ware sold except 4 hhd fish, but I am mistaken; there is the wine on hand and eight thousand shingles.

Dear Sir,

HENRY CRUGER, JR. TO AARON Lopez

B. W.

Bristol, March 2nd, 1768.

THE Sudden Departure of this Ship, as the Wind is sprung up fair, will prevent my enlarging, but I have detained the Captain untill I can inform you that Yesterday Evening the Ship Pitt arrived safe at our Key after a very tedious. and dangerous Passage. As no Goods are left for New

York, she shall be immediately dispatched for the Isle of May and Rhode Island.

I have received all your late favors, and have perused them with much Attention. the Contents will be observed; but 'tis impossible for me to reply to them by this Opportunity, as the intended Bearer cant stay any longer. next Week I shall dispatch two Ships for New York by them will do myself the Pleasure of addressing you again. in the meantime I remain with much deference and Regard, Dear Sir, your obedient and faithful Servant

[Endorsed,] Via New York. Per Grace.

HEN: Cruger, Jr.

March 9, 1768.

Dear Sir,

ABOVE is Copy of a few lines wrote you per the Grace in a hurry. the Ship Pitt makes a great dispatch in unloading. her Oil turns out excessive fine and good, tho' as Summer approaches, it lessens in Value and demand, we have so little night in Summer, the consumption by Lamps, compared to what it is in Winter, may be called nothing; and then Hot Weather is very destructive. I mention these particulars to point out the necessity of having Oil at Market early in the Winter. however, it will fetch a good price even now, because very little is at Market, save what is dayly brought from London, this market having been all the year, till now, above 30/ per ton higher than that, but the great Quantitys lately arrived there and brought round to this place, have nearly reduced our Market to a level with that.

The 6 hogsheads of Jamaica Sugar must be sold for Exportation agreeable to the late Act of Parliament, that all Sugars from the North American Collonies shall be deemed foreign. Osborne has brought 6 hogsheads of Rum, if they are tolerable they will pay at least a good Freight, as Rums are very high. the Pot Ash will sell for about £25 per ton; the Pimento about 7d or perhaps more; the Logwood for about £5.10 to £6; the Oil, Elephants Teeth, Cotton,

etc., I cant say exactly, but the inclosed Price Current will shew whereabout they are; you may depend on this, no pains shall be wanting on my part to obtain the utmost farthing for every thing.

As few Goods will be left for New York this Spring, except what are order'd by the Owners of the Vessels that are now loading for that place, Capt. Osborne will sail, without loss of time, for the Isle of May for a load of Salt, for the purchase of which he is preparing his Cargo, to the amount of about £120 Stg agreeable to your Orders. I shall take the Liberty to insure as usual £800 on Ship Pitt the Voyage round, having no doubt but it is your Intention and that you have forgot to order it. I hope you'll approve my cautious conduct.

Dear Sir, as you are very sensible of and seem deeply affected for the many Inconveniences and Distresses, your great and long standing Ballance hath for a good while past, heaped upon me; I will not recapitulate any of 'em, nor dwell much upon the disagreeable subject; for I flatter myself from the generous Steps you have taken, the period is not remote when our Correspondence will be carried on with more Satisfaction and advantage to both parties; the time, in my Mind, already dawns upon us, but yet Sir, 'till the day is come, can you be displeased with me for guarding against a return of those distresses in which your disapointments involved me, and out of which your Justice and Friendship are now with their united endeavours about extricating me? to get money by the execution of Orders is my Business, but yet I must pay some Attention to the reproaches of People, whom I cannot pay in a reasonable time; and a little too is due to my own peace of Mind. for these Considerations forgive me, Sir, for not executing your Orders. the Ballance of your Account must be reduced before I can be happy; and what remittances are come to hand have not greatly exceeded the increase of your Debt, as you'll perceive by your Account Current which I shall have time to make out by my next; you are so kind as to promise remittances from Jamaica. they are not yet come.

these are the unaccountable delays and woeful disapointments I so much dread.

Perhaps, Dear Sir, I say too much upon this subject. I would gladly say less, but am in pain lest I offend you, therefore thus candidly and explicitly impart to you the Honest Sentiments of my heart, that you may the better reconcile my Conduct.

The Ballance of your Account is now above £11,000 Sterling, the Net Proceeds of this Cargo will not be above £2,000. there then still remains £9,000.

I hope the course of this year will nearly if not quite reduce the Ballance, which will restore joy to the Soul of him who is now much distressed, tho' with unabating Friendship and sincere Regard, Dear Sir, Your faithfull humble Servant, HEN: CRUGER, JR.

P. S. here inclosed is Account of £400. Insurance on the Betsey Ann. Cost £12.8.0 to your debit in Account Current. The few pressing Cloths you order for your Works shall be sent by Osborne.

[Endorsed,] Via New York Per Ellin.

Sir,

BENJAMIN WRIGHT TO AARON Lopez

Savana La Marr, the 9 March, 1768.

YOURS of the 16 January is now before me, have strictly complyed with your request. have shipped on board the schooner Betsey Ann, Thomas Tillinghast, Master, sixteen puncheons Jamaica Rum, for your own private Account and Resque, which hope safe to your hands and to a good marquett. the price of produce here is at last broke, and can assure you my heart is allmost broke with it, Rum at the extravagant price 2/6 per Gallon, Mollases at 12d per Gallon. if it had been in my power to have purchaced produce at the price it went at last year should have done sumthing worthy your notice, which might have united our new acquaintance more closely. Altho I have let no thing slip

that might have served the Voyage, but as I am sensible you do not judge from Consequences only but from Real Causes, keeps me in spirits and pushes me hard to remedy the grevance by Despatch as much as lyeth in my power. hope my Actions will express that plainer then my words. Mr. Mendez luckely was here at Captain Andrews arrivall here, which was a great happyness for me, as I had just drawn out my accounts and began to dun the people which is a task soficent for one person. if Mendez had not been here, should have complyed with your request and dun every thing in my power to serve your Interest. Mr. Mendez sence Captain Andrews arrivall has reimbursed me with the Candles which he disposed of mine through a mistake, so every thing is set to rites of that affair. I have made use of my best Endeavours with those of my friends to gitt your Sloop away with as little Expence as posable did not let the Sloop come in to the harbour, got in with Collector to give me a permitt to land the Goods. the Sloop anchored at bluefield, sent all my boats with the schooner and onloaded her. Gave the Collector 23/9 for the permitt and cancelling certificate, gave the land waiter four bitts, and that was the whole of the Expence. am verry sure if Capt. Andrews had the conducting the affair you must have paid the pilotage in and out, which would have been four pounds entering, and clearing twelve pounds more. Mr. Mendez favourable accounts of the Marketts in this Island is a Mistery to me. I have sent our Tender to allmost every Port in this Island, found the marketts no ways inviteing, and many of the ports every thing dull and much glotted. I should be exceeding glad to be the Author of good news, but not ironically. We have now on board the America eighty-six hhds Molosses, and shall to morrow send to be filld forty more. Should have been one of the first Ships for home, had not Mr. Bours' order prevented. Have nothing more to add. Shall advise you per every Opportunity of my Proceedings. I am, Sir, With Great Esteem Your Assured Friend and humble Servant,

BENJAMIN WRIGHT

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