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being five oclock before an application was made, Mr. Drayton being previously occupied will not be able to attend. W. H. DRAYTON

April 9, 1779.


Dear and Respected Sir,


Providence, 3d May, 1779.

WITH inexpressible pleasure I rec'd your most acceptable and pleasing favours of the 29th March and 12th Ulto. announcing the pleasing intilligence of your happy success in the recovery of your captured property from the hands of those voracious pirates, on which joyfull event, permit me most sincerly to felicitate you, and to add my hearty wishes, that you may ever be enabled to render futile the attempts of all such designing Villains. hope before this reaches Leicester, my Dearest Aunt may be render'd happy, and that joy may be diffused in the hearts of all our extensive familys, by your safe Arrivall to them in health.

My having engaged with Mr. Welcome Arnold to accompany him on a Speculating Journey to the Eastward, in order to improve some Moneys I have in my hands for my hon'd Uncle Jacob, prevents me the pleasure of paying you my Respects personally, and of participating in that joy which I proposed to myself in being among the first to bid you Welcome to the arms of your longing family. on my return I intend myself the happiness of kissing your hands, and of enjoying with you and our dear fam❜lys the approaching Festivalls. interim beg leave most respectfully to tender you and my Dear Aunt my most Cordiall Congratulations on your return and success.

Your favor per Capt. James Duncan with the draught you was pleased to advise having drawn on me in his favor, has not yet come to hand, nor have I been able to obtain any tidings of him, whenever he appears you may rely Sir, due

1 The original is in the Newport Historical Society.

attention and honor shall be observ'd in its punctuall discharge.

having adjusted and ballanc'd our Accounts to the 16th ulto. with the assistance of Mr. Mendes and Cousin Jos., have not since been enab❜ld to make any remitances to Mr. Smith of Boston conformable to your orders, not being yet more in Cash, than to answer Capt. Duncan's Draught, and having advanc'd to Mr. Mendes while here £236.12. which sum be pleased to receive of him and note to our Credit in new Acct. Should you have occasion still to continue those orders, will with pleasure execute them as soon as in Cash, for which purpose request you'll please to advise me per first oppertunity for my goverment.

hope on examination our Acct. and Transactions for the year past may merit your approbation.

I have according to your orders, apply'd to Mr. Reynolds 1 respecting the Deerskin Breeches etc. he says that his orders some time past were to make no further purchases on account of the Continent. but as they are now in great want and no supplys on hand, he expects daily to have those orders revoked, and then its probable he may have occasion, and will emediately advise me. good Indigo is not to be had here at present. Common is sold from 7 to 9 Dollars, and if none arrives soon I imagine a few Casks may answer very well. Goods of almost every kind are continually advancing, particularly those calculated for the summer. West India goods at present are rather at a stand, but wines in great demand and very high. when I [was] at Leicester, I purchaced a quarter cask of Cousin Joseph, which I have now engaged at 20 Dollars per Gallon, and make no doubt could obtain the same price for more of that kind. Shall esteem it a singular favor if you'll be pleased to request him to endeavor to forward it as soon as posible and to let the quality be as good as any there is on hand, as it is for the Gen❜lls Table. Mr. Mendes promised to forward some

1 John Reynolds, "cloathier agent" for Rhode Island. See Journals, XII,


2 Sullivan.

Goods from Tafts Tavern for old Mr. Trevett which with the Wine and a bb. of Cosher Beef he engaged to send us may probably make a load sufficient to induce a Teamster to come down.

Mr. Jacobs and Capt. Sisson requests their Compliments of Congratulation may be made acceptable, which with a reiteration of my respectfull Salutations to your goodself my Dear Aunt and family concludes me with the greatest defference and esteem, Dear Sir,

Your ever grate fall & obed Nephuo
David Loper fun


Since closing the above have been handed a letter from Capt. Hathaway,' with the disagreeable advise of his being unfortunately captured and carried into Antigua, on his passage home 11 days out. as I conceive it needless to add to the loss by the expence of postage, and having no room in this, have inserted a Coppy of it in a letter I am just closing to my hon'd Uncle Jacob, for your perusall. by first direct opp❜ty shall forward the orriginall.

Should you deliberate on forwarding any articles of bulk, this way, beg you'll be pleased to remember the privilidge I have of receiving goods to my private address.

[Endorsed, To Mr. A. L.,] Merchant, Leicester. To the Care of Jon'a Hastings Esq., Boston.

1 Probably Nathaniel Hathaway, who in 1781 commanded the letter of marque Hound.


My dear Sir,

Potosi, South Kingston, May 10th, 1779.

By this opportunity Captain Bardwine let me ask you how you do, and how your very worthy Lady does, as well as all your good Family. And be pleased to let me know, how good Mr. Rivery my kind Friend, his Lady and whole family do, now in this dismal pestilential Warr: that has so cruelly seperated us at an awful Distance one from another.

I rejoyce that in Tribulation you have had Success as to securing and recovering your vessel and that the Congress are all your staunch Friends. What is become of David your Brother? if alive present my Regards to him.

Be pleased to let me know whether you have any Pattern, for Breeches, by sending me one of them, I mean Breeches Patterns. And send me also enough of the inclos'd for a Jackquett if you have any by you. And I will pay you either Silver Money or Paper which you please.

Accept my Profession of Regard and Friendship both to you and Lady. Accept much Love I say in a little: and favour me with a line of your elegant writing. And I am with great truth Sir your sincere hearty Friend and obedient humble Servant,


Dear Sir,


South Kingstown, 8th June, 1779.

PERMIT me to offer my respects to your self and Family, and enquire their wellfare. May their days be maney, with Felicity and the Smiles of Heaven! I presume I am rightly informed respecting Myn Heer, that he is now soliciting Congress for a rehearing, endeavoring to prevail on the

1 The original is in the Newport Historical Society. Many references to Hays may be found in the Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society.

Authority in Conecticut, to prevent the decree, and using every measure, to procrastinate the day of Payment. The Convulsions of the day, make attention very serious. your Penetration wants no aid yet, I would as a Friend, recommend a very watchfull eye. The State where Myn Heer resides reigns by Art and disimulation, posibly beyond your conception;

If you have Bohea Tea, and the Price is not too extravagant, shall take it a favor to have 2 or 3 li. per the Bearer Mr. Haszard. Shall pay you its amount, when I have the pleasure of taking you by the hand again, which I hope will be this Summer; Assure your good Mrs. Lopez of my cordial wishes for her health and a happy moment. Mrs. Hays is yet up, joins in affectionate regards, to all under your Roof, with those under Wings of my good Friend Mr. Revire and am Truly Your Affect. hb. Servant,




Cape françois, the 20th June, 1779.

On my Journey thro Salem in the month of September last I had the pleasure of seeing you at the Tavern of the Rising Sun 2 where I had the advantage of making you a tender of my best Services in the name of my House here (under the title of Brassier and Bermond) which I now reiterate to you and expect youll give us the prefferance of the Consignments of your Vessels that you may have occasion to send here and you may depend that we shall not detain them here more than 12 or 15 days at furthest; And if it shoud happen that we cannot sell the Cargoes to advantage immediately on their arrival we shall keep them in our

1 The original is in the Newport Historical Society.

2 Formerly known as the King's Arms Tavern, but became the Rising Sun at the outbreak of the Revolution. It was at the head of Central Street, and was kept by William Goodhue. About 1800 it was torn down by William Gray to make room for his brick house.

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