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Exch for: C175._~ New York Currency



Charlestown 11 January 1775

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As dusty days, right of themy second of Endange my first and thirds of same and date not puud. Pay to Mr. Nathaniel Rufort or order One Hundreds & Severity Five Pounds

New York Currency being on account of Expences in my Department ins the Current Jour 1775

To His Excellency The Honble Thomas Jage. Cog

General and Commander in Chief of His спадалици

Forces in North America

as J. Advice from

Boston New York



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lar commands. I would have wrote to him, but the Vessel is just now upon sailing and Capt. Ayscough is obliging enough to send his Boat with me from hence to Falmouth. I shall write to you after I get to Boston and again beg you will forward my things as quickly as possible. they consist of three Trunks and two Boxes and a large painted canvas bag with Beding. They are directed for myself but if you think there is any hazard of their being stop'd at Providence where I am told they are troublesome you will please to address them to Mr. Powell or any other person you please and give me notice. Excuse great hurry and believe me sincerely Your most obedient Servant

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THIS is to inform you of my safe Arivel in 36 days and find the Markets verry low and know likewoods of being aney better there as yet and know freights stirring at present and I am at a verry great stand what to do with the Ship but I have not had time yet to consult with my friends. about the Matter. if I can get a freight of Salt for Philadelphia or aney part of Virginia or maryland I think it will be best to embrace it for their is nothing to be don in the Strats nor to the Islands. flower is at three Mill two per Kentle and it [is] thought by the Merchants that it will not rise this sum time. I hav talked with Mr. Bulkley about the accoumpt of the last Voyag and he tells me that the Accoumpt is allmost closed and he sase that has wrote you all the perticlers of the Voyag and answar to

your Letter. the Ship is verry tite and every thing well on board. I find Sir that it is emposable to get clar of paying the 2 1/2 per C. to the Merchants for paying me the freight that is due on the Cargo for thay say that it is an old Custom and thay will not brake through that Custom and I find that I must give up that Point. I shall right again in a few days then I hop I shall be better able to inform you about maters. their is know News from England yet but the Packets is expected every day and it is thought by the Gentlemen hear that she will bring sum good news on our side. I will do every thing that is in my Power to keep the Ship employd for your intrest which you may be well assured of my alwase studdying as my own. I remain, Sir Your verry humble Sarv't,

[Endorsed,] Per favor of Captain Green.




Rose, 1st February, 1775.

THE Provisions I have already demanded should be glad to be sent on board as soon as convenient. The Bread is the last wanted and of that only 8000 lbs. as we have a Quantity of Marine Slops stowed in the Bread Room is the reason we cant take so much as I proposed: suppose the best part may come this week if the weather permits. Be pleas'd to send an Invoice with them. pray taste the Butter for we have not a Bitt on board fitt to eat for ourselves. my Health will not permitt me to stirr out of the Ship yet, but I pray God it wont be long first, when you may be assured of the first Visit from Your most Humble Servant, WM. LEWIS

We shall compleat to three Months very soon in March, to be fitt for Sea. Be so kind to send by my Boy 3 pds. Tea. hope Mrs. Champlin and Family are well. Let us

know when we may expect the provisions of by the Bearer. no Beef is wanted now. I suppose the same allowance of Callavances as of Pease allowed to the Men.



ON Wednesday the first Instant the Tide Surveyor of this Port boarded within four Miles of this Town a Topsail Schooner, name unknown, the Masters name (supposed to be) Campbell who reported from Casco Bay. soon after the Tide Surveyor had boarded the said Schooner the Master ordered his people to weigh Anchor and sailed down the River, declaring he would go to St. Eustatia and carry the Tide Surveyor and people, consisting of four Boatmen, with him. next day the Schooner was seen sixty miles down the River with the Kings Boat at her Stern; since which we have not heard of them. we have full information that the above Schooner was loaded with Contraband Goods, and have reason to conclude they consist of Tea and War-like Stores from Holland. We therefore think it our duty to give you the earliest intelligence of this Vessell, lest she should attempt to land her Cargo in your Port. The above Schooner is deep waisted, with two small Ports on each side of the Waist, brown bottom and her Quarters painted light blue. If such a Vessell should arrive in your Port, we request you will be so kind as to let us know it. We are, Gentlemen, Your most Obedient Humble Servants,

ZACH. HOOD, Compt.

Custom House, Philadelphia 3 February 1775.

[Addressed] The Collector and Comptroller of His Majestys Customs, Newport.

[Endorsed,] The Coll'r and Comptroller of His Majesty's Customs at Newport Rhode Island.

[and in another hand,] John Martine Leake Treasury Chambers, Whitehall. Per favour of Mr. Harrison.

Parr, BULKELEY AND CO. TO CHRISTOPHER CHAMPLIN Lisbon, 1st February, 1775.


We are favor'd with your much esteem'd lines of 25th November handed us by Captain Barron of your Brig Peggy, who we find is loaded to another house owing to Flour being above our limits, which is well, as we never like to encourage our friends to risk their property without a prospect of advantage, sorry whenever we draw a Commission on a losing account. Have now the pleasure to advise you of a remittance made the 24 December to your friends Messrs. Hayley and Hopkins for Rs. 100000 being something more than we were in Cash from your 1/3 concern in the Peggy's Cargo: you may depend on our exertion to close this affair as soon as possible by a remittance to your friends and furnish you with the accounts.

We remark what you say respecting our drawing a Commission on freight money, and reply that it is customary even supposing we were to pay the money to the Captain, being a gratuity for transacting the ship's business, and we hope you will do us the justice to make enquiry into this Charge and acquit us accordingly. Respecting the five Barrels flour that Captain Barron was deficient, we assure you they never appear'd in our store, having renderd sales of that Voyage to the concern'd, and we are certain they never were landed in Lisbon. we have frequent short deliveries from on board, and the mistake often proves to be on your side the water. Cargoes hurried on board without either mate or Master keeping count, and bills of Lading sign'd from a slight reckoning of the storekeepers. We are far from harbouring the least thought of any embezzlement on board, but as the bill of Lading expres'd a certain quantity, we were under the necessity of charging the deficiency to the Ship.

We shall be happy in rendering Captain Barron every service in our power, and wish for our friends sake the Peggy had arrived to a better market. never was Lisbon

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