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Please to say how I must do in this case. The worth of the Thumbs being added to the price I think would be best. Please to send me one Bundle of the heavy No. 4 Pins and I dozen (heavy) black Barcelo[na] Handkfs. dont doubt but you will put them as low as they are sold in Boston, for prompt pay. if the price is such as will answer, will send the money per very next conveyance. I am, with every sentiment of esteem and respect, Your very humble Servant, JNO. NAZRO
P. S. You'l please to look into Invoice No. 4 in the article Hairbine is an error of 27/.
JOHN DE NEUFVILLE AND SON TO CHRISTOPHer Champlin Amsterdam, 20 November, 1781.
CONFIRMING the sundry letters we had the pleasure of writing you per sundry opportunities in August last, particularly by the Gates, Captain Newman, on board of whom we shipp'd you sundry goods which 'tis needless to mention, said Vessel we hear having now safe arrived we should have been happy to have been informed also of the safe arrival of the Snow four friends Gibbons, which was taken off North Faro, in September last, and carried into Scotland, as we had shipped you on board of said Brig one Case, one Bale, and one Trunk marked © No. 2, 4 a 6, Value £234: 4. which we hope you may have insured, on the arrival of the Vessels in America which sailed from hence in company.
We have also shipped you on board the Robyn Isaac Cazneau Mr. under Danish Collours, I Case, I Trunk and 1 Bale of the same mark, No. 1, 3 a 5, Value £172: 8 Stg. said Vessel has laid a long time in our roads in hopes of sailing in company with a fleet of our west India men, but has been so long disappointed, that we suppose he will soon sail at any rate. by the aforementioned Letters your esteemed favor of 17 April is answered. waiting your further commands we in the meantime remain.
[JOHN DE NEUFVILLE AND SON]
MOSES SEIXAS TO AAROn Lopez
Newport, November 26, 1781.
I WAS duly favor'd with your kind and acceptable Letter under date of the 4th current and tribute you my cordial thanks for the friendly assertions therein contain'd. It would afford me pleasure cou'd I now inform you, that I had effected a Settlement of your accounts with Geo: Sears, but this I can say, that I think he shows a disposition to adjust them, for which purpose he has taken them for examination and tells me that as soon as possible he will compleat the matter and to your satisfaction. you may rely on my attention to urge his speedy compliance. Whitney still persists in declining to sign your Memorandum and says that you are certainly mistaking. Am much oblig'd for your care in forwarding one of my Letters, and Mrs. Levy thanks you for doing the same with hers. her Husband was to set out for Amsterdam the begining of August but as he has been agoing week after week ever since the 8: May, I think there is but little dependance to be made on his movements, which have hitherto been such a series of blunders, inconsistencies, and inattention, that I am much afraid they will eventually prove a fatal Stab to my Character and reputation. in short I see no way to ward off that additional severe and bitter blow, unless I submit to the extortionable terms that Handy demands of me for the Loan of about 500 dollars, which is 10 per Ct. thereon untill April only, then if he should not want the money, and I did, he wou'd renew the note again for a few Months at the same Interest of 24 per Ct. per annum which I suppose he wou'd work up by renewals unto 30 per Ct. per annum. I really dont know what to do, the Nantucketers pressing hard for payment, and no one here from whom I can get the money but him. My friend Hadwen who gave me some encouragement that he would supply me, has been disappointed in receiving his money, so that there is no hopes left of his being able to furnish me with any. perhaps as Cazneau
was not to leave Amsterdam untill September he may bring me some relief. . . . I am with great Regard and Respect, Dear Sir, Your very Affectionate humble Servant
HIAM LEVY AND SAMSON MARCUS TO AARON LOPEZ
Amsterdam, December 4th, 1781.
I NOW assume to take the liberty to address you on a subject of business, and with your permition I shall be as brief on the matter as possible. since my coming here to this metropolis, I am convinced from substantial proof that there is a considerable business transacted to America with success, which has terminated to a great advantage, and with that view I have thought proper to establish myself in order to partake together with my friends some share, and to facilitate such undertaken, I have form'd a connection with one Mr. Samson Marcus a native of this place, and with the greatest propriety I can say that he is a person of reputable character, but if you think it necessary to have a further information, please to inform yourself from Mr. Isaac Moses of Philadelphia with whom he has a concern, and from whom we now expect to be largely connected with. from those circumstances we have mutually agreed to transact business to North America, as extensive as our ability will admit, on which occasion we heartily wish to be the means to adopt any agreeable mode of business, which may prove reciprocal, to which we sincerely offer our best services, and shall think ourselves extreem happy to have the honour to execute any commands from so worthy a Gentleman. be assured it is in our power to comply with any orders for goods, on as good terms as any Merchant in this City, but must observe to you, there being a great impediment to ship coarse goods on freight, owing to the Merchant to whom the vessel is addressed to, and the captain, they always endeavour to obtain as valuable goods on that occasion as possible. from this motive we are induced, if agreeable to
you to send us a proper suitable fast sailing vessel of about 150 tuns, ready fited, to our address, at the same time we shou'd be extreem glad to be interest in the same, either a quarter or an eight, to be paid here in whatever you please to order, but must observe, we decline to run any risk. in that case you will please to insure the amount with you, such a vessel of that burden, we make no doubt of succeeding to obtain a freight either for Boston or Philadelphia to a great advantage. I must beg leave further to add that we intended to have ship'd to your address to the amount of One thousand pounds per the bearer Captain Trowbridge, but he declined to take them. I believe he is intirely loaded by his Merchant. his vessel is about one hundred and seventy tuns, and says he makes about three thousand pounds sterling freight. I mention this circumstance for your government. however you may rely on us, that as soon as an oppertunity offers to Boston, and we can ship goods on freight, we will chearfully embrace the same with the greatest pleasure. the inclosed letter please to deliver to my brother Mr. Seixas to whome I have fully communicated my plan business, and flatter myself he will be very glad to corroborate in any measures that you may think proper and appears eligible to execute. permit me at this time to have the honour to subscribe myself, Sir, Your most humble Servant,
December 6, 1781.1
ALTHO' I am a stranger and unknowing to you, I have now taking the freedom, thro' Mr. Hiam Levy introduction to informe you that since his writing the foregoing letter, Captain Trowbridge came to let us know he wou'd take two trunks goods, but they must be valuable. notwithstanding his sudden notice, we immediately effected the same, as you will observe by the inclosed bill lading and Invoice amounting to f. 3523.6. to your address. on the recivel
1 On the same sheet.
please to dispose of them to best advantage. out of the proceeds we must beg of you to pay Mr. Moses Seixas about one hundred pounds sterling, the remainder please to remit us in good bills of Exchange as soon as possible. we expect when oppertunity offers for your place to inlarge our business with you. in the interum we sincer wish to cultivate a mutual and beneficial plan of Buseness on a permanent footing. we are most respectfuly, Your most obedient humble Servants,
S. MARCUS AND CO.
DAVID LOPEZ, JR. TO AARON LOPEZ1
Boston, 13th December, 1781.
I HAVE the pleasure of your most esteem'd favor under yesterdays date, anouncing your safe return from Hartford, after a very fatigueing Jaunt, and without the Sattisfaction of determining the final issue of your vexatious Suit. I pray the almighty may incline the hearts of those partial judges, to what is just and equitable, that they may compel their voracious brethren to make ample restitution for what they have unjustly deprived you of; I wish I could say, that, I feel myself flatter'd of their doing justice, but the despicable opinion I entertain of that State, and their Laws, leaves me but little room to hope. it is indeed peculiarly unfortunate, that every attempt from that quarter should be attended with such perplexing circumstances. I was in hopes, that you would have been able to reach this, before Colo. Pope left Town, and thereby save a Journey at this inclement Season, to Bedford; he tarried here untill Sunday evening last, and by what I could collect from him before he went I judged he could bear great sway, with the Captors, and prove very instrumental in favourably compromising the matter with them, which Step, I am advised will be the most eligible to pursue for the salvation of any part of that property, as the Law is so explicit against it, that, no Jury
1 The original is in the Newport Historical Society.