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to Port au prince on Hispaniola, where dispose of your Cargo on the best terms you can, without giving any Credit, if it is possible, and invest the Nett Proceeds in a Cargo of good Molasses at least 130 Hhds. but if your Cargo amounts to more than you can bring in Molasses, in that case invest so much of it in Sugar as will improve the whole of the Nett Proceeds of your outward-bound Cargo, so that the Brig: may be fully loaded. when this is done return to Newport with all dispatch. from the situation of Hispaniola difficulties may arrise to counter act your intentions and these Instructions. in that case you must act as circumstances will admit, from time to time as you find them most for my Interest. from the deranged state of their trade, you may obtain permission to sell some of your goods at Leogan, St. Marks etc. and by Sugar and Molasses there. if so you must do it if safe, and advantage will arrise from it. from the distress of Trade many persons circumstances have been injured. be very cautious in whose hands you place any of your Cargo, and that your business be negotiated at seven and one half per Cent including your Commission. as your Cargo is well assorted, some of your goods must be in demand. push the sale if they are so, as many Cargoes may be on your back. If more Molasses Hhds. and Teirces is required your Cooper must make them. as from the present prospect it will be requisite to save every expense possible to prevent a loosing voyage. Write me often and always send Copies of your letters. remember to bring good Sugar if to be had, as they pay no more duty than bad. confiding in your prudence and that you run no risks unavoidable, I wish you Success. Your Friend and Owner,




Port au prince, December 26th, 1791.

I HAVE just now arriv'd here leaving my vessel 9 miles below this port, and have horrid news to tell you. the

greater part of this place was consumed by fire on the third of this month by the mulatoes. Nothing sells here at any rate, the policy I have made use of was to come on shore in my boat to gain information of trade. if I should have come in my vessel permission would have not been given me to go out.

I have consulted many masters from our Continent who advise me by all means for your interest not to come in. Likewise have consulted Mr. Stiles a worthy Gentleman who advises me to go to some of the out ports and sell what I can of my cargo. I shall try St. marques first then intend going to a place below call'd St. Jeremy from thence to the au Cayes (If I can here any thing favorable from there). produce may be got here for ready cash. there are now several Vessels here with fish and flour but there has not been to the amount of 40 Barrels of flour nor 12 hhds of dry fish sold here this three weeks. all the americans are filld with blacks and whites to the amount of 15 or 20 each. the mulatoes are encamp'd 9 miles from here. 150 Troops arriv'd here last night from france but thats a mere handfull to the mulatoes whose camp consists of upwards of 2000. assuring you I shall consult every proceeding that I undertake for your Interest I remain Your Obedient Servant


P. S. there is a great deal of provision here on hand. nothing is in demand but hoops and poultry. the Vessels now here with provision would be glad to leave but cannot get permission to depart at any terms.

[Memo.] Rec'd via N Y February 17. 1792.



Port au prince, December 26th, 1791.

I ARRIV'D here this day have horrid News to tell you. The greater part of this place was consum'd by fire on the 3d Inst. and it is now in the greatest confusion. Nothing sells except Poultry and Lumber, all communication between

the town and Country stop'd and no expectation of a Reconciliation between them very soon. from 20 to 30 Sail of americans in this port and no demand for any produce except such as I have mention'd. a Captain from Portland tells me he hant sold but 4 hhds. of fish for three weeks past. Three captains who have flour tell me they all have not sold but 37 barrels in 14 days.

Over 2000 Mulatoes encamp'd within 9 miles of this place. Last night 150 Troops were landed from on board a frigate lately from france.

The policy I made use of was to go on shore in my Boat otherways I could have not come away as there is now an Embargo. I shall sail immediately for St. Marc. Intend trying to sell some of my Cargo and from thence call at Jeremie (a port to leward) from thence go to Aux Cayes. Assuring you of my attention and the greatest towards your Interest I am, Sir, Your Obedient Servant,


The Original I wrote by way of N. york. cannot assure you this is exactly word for word as I was in great haste to get on board my Vessel it being 10 miles below.

15 January.

A frigate arriv❜d this day from Port au prince with orders for all Strangers in this port to sail for Port au prince. We have sollicited the Captain to permit us to stay being in number four. he says we must comply with his orders. We carry our permissions along with us which were given by the authority of this place permitting us to trade therefore the censure will not be greater than if we had been at Port au prince our Entrys being legal. The Captain of the Frigate appears very polite on the occasion. I have therefore thought proper to leave some of my Goods in the hands of Mr. Louis de Tollenace for sale which are

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My reasons for the above are thus Port au prince is 14 leagues from St. Marc, so situated that we may pass safe in our Boats without the least Risk and I am afraid Goods are very dull at port au prince. I shall endeavour to force the sales of what I carry along with me, and take all my empty hogsheads which are made striving to make all the dispatch I possibly can. I am most truly Sir Your Obedient Servant B. B.

Molasses 17 to 18

Sugar at 70 to 73
Coffee at 18s per lb.

Cotton 180 li per Cwt.
Indigo at 10 li to 14 li per lb.

I shall sail for port au prince to morrow. by a Vessal from the cape we are told ther's a ship arriv'd from france who had sail'd before a fleet which had 18000 troops on board bound for this Island.

I have seen a Gentleman who left au Cayes the 15th Ulto. he tells me they were in the greatest confusion but had plenty of provisions of all kinds. it was thought the town would run great risks of being burn'd.

St. Marc, January 21st, 1792.

SIR I arriv'd of this port on the 28th Ultimo, went on shore and was positively assur'd by what was told me that I could sell my herrings Oil and Candles to a profit which was an object of attention for selling some other articles which consists my Cargo. I accordingly anchor'd by the permission of the authority in writing, and commenced business putting some of my Goods in the hands of Mr. Louis de Tollenace a reputable Merchant recommended by two Captains who are at the same house.

I am much disappointed in regard to the dull sales but God knows where and in what part of this Island our produce is worth any thing as every port is fill'd with provisions of all kinds and Cash exceeding scarce.

The Goods sold are as follows viz.

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A small proportion of onions which was in bad order being badly made up.

Port au prince, January 28th, 1792.

SIR, I left St. marc's the 23 arriv'd here on yesterday found Marketts as dull as when I left here and but little business a doing, have got my Vessel legally enter'd and must now submit to patience as there is a prospect of trade when the troops arrive which are expected daily. Young Mr. Forbes is here whom I would recommend to your particular attention he having been very kind to render me many little services. there will be plenty of produce to be got when the Country opens and our Goods will be in great demand. The standing Troops have made a number of sorties out and kill'd a number of Mulatoes. there is not one to be seen in the streets. they have lately establish'd the martial law to quell the mobs which have been very riotous. I shall begin my purchase as soon as in my power lies. can't inform you when I shall sail. I am Sir Your Obedient Servant

Our Goods no particular price being in no demand.

Molasses 18 li on board

Sugar 70 li to 75 li.

Coffee 18s per lb.


42 Sail of americans in port. Captains here from Newport Boss and Huntington.



Port au prince, February 1st, 1792.

I WROTE you last via Newburyport which you'll receive before this comes to hand. I remain in the same disagreeable situation as when I wrote. Nothing but destruction

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