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should be soo kind as to fill her up with hhds. and pipes staves at the cheapest price possible to draw the amount of your advances on us paiable in London: in case her whole cargo can be procured in such kind of staves as mentionned, the greatest share in hhds. sort and at low rate, we think it more convenient to load her entirely for our account than to take any freight, to which success, several deviations to the original policy should be indispensable: we rely on all your care and hope that you shall favour us with your exact advises, that we may timely be informed of your further transactions. We have the honour to be, Gentlemen: Your most obedient Servants

BROTHERS DE BAUQUE

NATHANIEL RUSSELL TO CHRISTOPHER CHAMPLIN

Charleston, 5th April, 1787.

Sir, ENCLOSED you have Invoice and bill Lading of 25 bbl. Rice on board the Sloop Rainbow John Bissell Master for Newport on Account of Capt. Robt. Champlin amounting to £106.10.9 which is £50 more than I have rec'd on his Account. General Greene's Estate has not paid a shilling nor I do not know when it will and I have only received 70 Barrels of Rice from Stitts Estate out of £2600 Stlg. The Legislature have passed a Law obliging Debtors to pay their Debts by three installments, the first third part in March '88 the next in March '89 the remainder in March '90, and at the same time prohibited the importation of Negroes for three years. I am very apprehensive your Brother will not get any thing more this Crop, but should I unexpectedly receive any thing further I will remit by first opportunity. I am with Respect, Sir, Your most Obedient Servant,

Your Rice is marked W No. 25 to 49.

NATH'L RUSSELL

EDWARD FORBES TO CHRISTOPHER CHAMPLIN AND
SAMUEL FOWLER AND SON

Gentlemen,

Dublin, 5th April, 1787.

I BEG leave to refer you to my last of the 27th February per Ship to Philadelphia under covers of Messrs. Hews and Anthony adviseing of the progress I had then made in the sale of your Flaxseed, since which received your favour of the 24th January with Bill Lading for 200 Hhds and 6 barels F[lax] Seed per the Fame Captain Sheffield who arrived here safe the 8th ulto. Altho you observe I have a larger quantity of seed addressed me this season yet it has been my good fortune to have disposed of more than any other House here, and had I had treble the quantity I could have sold them with equal facility, and no more remains in my warehouses than about 160 Hhds and 96 of them belongs to your Neighbour Mr. Handy remainder yours and other friends so that you need not fear of any of yours remaining over year, as I am certain from my country connexions I need never fear of having any left on my hands. If I sell as others do as I can command a prefference from many good Country Customers provided the seed is good, and I could have sold every grain I have yesterday if I had taken 3£, the price others were selling at, but held off selling in hopes of geting £3.2.6, but the arrival last night of a Brig from London with 650 Hhds will now oblige me to sell for 60s and I have reason to expect a Vessel from Hudson (formerly Cleverack) a port in the north river. Upon the arrival of Captain Sheffield I proposed to Mr. Norris to send her to Londonderry but the accounts he had from thence did not incourage him to agree with me in sending her there. however I thought it for your Interest to ship 125 Hhds of yours to Sligo a port that has usually been supplied from Derry and hope it will do well. have also at Drogheda 195 Hhds. when the sale begins there, which will be next week, I shall go there to sell it among my Customers there and its vicinity where I hope it will do as well as here. if it should not, as I have

done it purely for your Interest I hope you'l not censure me as it is your good I have in view. By the unfortunate accident which happened to the Hope there were 85 Hhds much wet. however upon opening them and separateing the wet from the dry there were 63 of dry seed and the twenty two filled 251 Hhds which I sold at 42s per Cask payable in 4 Months to one of our Oil Mills. Indeed what seed I have sold is payable 3 and 4 Months and it went at £3. to £3.5 per Hhd as by our Policys F[lax] Seed pays no averige under 5 per Ct. I did not therefore sell the damaged at auction as is usualy done, but took with it the method I have mentioned by so doing I served you, or the underwriters if you are insured. I had the 85 Casks survey'd by Captain Rathbone and Mr. Norris that in case of need they can certifie it. the Protest Captain Gyles carries with him. there would not have been any [of] your Seed unsold, had it been as well cleaned as what I had from Providence, or what Captain Handy brought, which the Country people run upon in prefference: this circumstance should induce you to be exceedingly careful to have the Flaxseed well cleaned nor did yours look so bright, and upon enquiry I find the reason is, that you fann your Seed before you run it through the Bolt which is very rong, as the Fann should be the last operation. to this I request your attention. it is the method they practice in Newyork and it is the cleanest that comes here. I remain most respectfully, Gentlemen, Your Most Humble Servant,

EDWARD FORBES

P. S. Captain Gyles delivered a barrel more then was in his bill ladeing.

My advices from Newry today is they continue selling there at 60/ and at Derry their Sales have not yet commenced they however arrived there 10,400 Hhds which is 1000 Hhds more then their annual sales tho have no doubt they will sell all as I am certain the Country will sow more this year by 4 or 5000 Hhds then they did the last.

April 12th. All the Seed I had here is sold and on Satur

day I go for to spend a few days in the Vicinity of Droghed when I shall attend to the sale of hats there. I am truely yours

[Endorsed,] Per the Happy Return Captain Iring.

E. FORBES

HEWES AND ANTHONY TO CHRISTOPHER CHAMPLIN
Philadelphia, 9th April, 1787.

Dear Sir,

YOUR esteemed favors of the 19th and 24th ultimo are to hand. when our People begin to drink Punch, we will try what can be done with the Arrack and Schrub, as yet we have no Encouragement.

We have been with Mr. Morris respecting the ship. he will agree to load her with Tobacco, on the same Terms, he has taken up several others, vizt. 36 Livers per hhd Freight, and one Liver per hhd to the Captain in lieu of Primage. he has a large quantity of Tobacco ready in Virginnia and has no doubt of giving her immediate dispatch, tho he will not subject himself to pay Demurage, and you must allow thirty working days for the delivery of the Tobacco in France. if you conclude to send the ship, Mr. M. wishes to have the earliest Notice, and you must instruct the Captain to call on Messrs. Harrison Nicolls & Co. at Portsmouth; for orders. it is probable she will load there. this being the needful we conclude Your Obedient Servants

HEWES AND ANTHONY

LANCHON FRÈRES ET CE. TO CHRISTOPHER CHAMPLIN

L'Orient, 25th April, 1787.

Sir, On the 20th December last we had the honor of addressing you by Circular in giving you the prices of our Market, which have varied but little since that time, except in the Articles of Teas and peper that have rais'd about 10 per Ct. the first of them, owing to one of the Company's Ships having missed last Year her Voyage to China, which will cause a

less Quantity to arive this. And there has also arived less peper this year in Europe than was expected.

Although we have since the above none of your esteem'd Letters, we will not let any Opportunity escape us whereby we can recall ourselves to your remembrance, and repeat that we are ever devoted to your and your friends Commands. In expectation of them we remain with distinguished Sentiments of regard and respectfully, Sir,

H

Your Most Oved It". Servants. Lancbun frere Lea

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P. S. Should Captain Rathbone Commander of the Ship Mary, owned by George Gibbs Esqr. of your port, stay's a day or two longer we shall furnish you with fresh prices current.

Sir,

WILLIAM WILLCOCKS TO CHRISTOPHER CHAMPLIN

Cork, 28th April, 1787.

I REFER you to the Circular letter of my late Partnership, adviseing its dissolution, am about forming another, and my Son is to be one of the House, which he justly merits, from his long experience and attention, when finally agreed on, you shall be informed. in the interim I do business under my present firm, and will be extremely thankful for the favor of your Commands, which shall be attended to with all diligence. good Barrel Staves are worth £7 per M. a Cargo arrived to my late firm yesterday from Philadelphia, for which I expect that price. the same Vessel brought in about 40 Tuns of Pitch, Tar and turpentine, which will be tedious.

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