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for them equall to your best wishes. We have not had anything remarkable since my last from below. the Enemy still continue their preparations to evacuate the Island, but the wind proving unfavourable till now they could not depart. The Gen'l has just sent an express from Bristol advising the embarkation of part of the Troops, and he conjectures they will go off this evening. by advise from New London we learn the Capture of Capt. Jno. Andrews in a Brigantine from New York, bound to Newport with whome were passengers, Capt. Maudsly, and Sam'l Goldthwait. They had on board a quantity of Goods just arrived at N. Yk on their accounts from England, its said to a considerable amount. They were taken by a small Schooner out of this river;1 I am with due Sentiments of Respect and Esteem, Hon'd Sir, Your Obedient Nephew and Most Humble Servant,


Monday noon. An express just arrived from Gen❜l Washington, confirming the Capture of the British Garison at Beauford, with Sir James Wallace and his fleet, by the Count De Estaing. The attack was made on the 16th ulto. and carried after a very severe Conflict. They have taken prisoners 700 British with 200 Tories and negroes, and dispersed the rest through the woods, where the Militia were pursuing them on all quarters. 13 Transports 1 Ship of 50 Guns and severall Frigates is what the Fleet consisted of that fell into the Counts hand's. The Count after this proceeded to attack Savanah.2 The wind continues North East and we momently expect to hear the departure of the Britons from Newport.

1 "The Privateer Schooner Lively, Capt. Esek Hopkins, jun. of this Port, in Company with a Privateer belonging to Connecticut, has taken three Vessels from New York, one of them very valuable, and sent them into New-London." Providence Gazette, October 30, 1779.

2 The story is far from the facts. See Winsor, Narrative and Critical History, VI. 522.

Brother Cons't.,


Rec'd yours this day by Mr. Channing and find by the Contents Mr. Lopez agrees to my Terms in part. if Mr. Lopez will agree to allow me two Months Wages in case I am taken and can't proceed on my Voige, to get home, thats all I desire; but you know we may get taken and caried to the British Island. in that case if we are not detain'd we can proceed down to Jamaica and lose no time. Then I shall expect my Wages to go on and my Expences born. if Mr. Lopez agrees to the above Terms I am ready at any time to take Passage with Mr. Right and hope it will be early in December. Sally desires me to remind you of your promis of a Visit. I am yours, etc.,

So. Kingston, 13th November, 1779.



Dear Mr. Lopez,

Newport, 25th November, 1779.

AFTER a pleasant journey, I arrived here last Evening and found all our friends well; It has not been in my power to settle with Geo. Sears, as his Indisposition for these many days prevented it. however shall loose no time to see it done. Since I have been in town I procured 4 Boxes of Oil 6/ Stg cheaper per box than you expected to give Sears, have therefore made bold to buy it in preference to those. On my journey here, I reflected much on your troublesome Lawsuit, and would beg leave to mention, that if the Jury should return their Verdict larger than you could reasonably expect, it would be adviseable to petition the Court for a Rehearing, which will enable you to put your intended plan in Execution, and frustrate the design of your vilanous Antagonist; This will answer if you can obtain your petition without giving Security for the damages, however your 1 The original is in the Newport Historical Society.

Attorney will be able to give you a further advice on this head.

All those that were confind in the Provo, was liberated last friday on giving Security.

Wishing you every felicity you can wish am, with great Esteem, Yours very Affectionately,

ABR'M P. Mendez

The people in Town, have totaly refusd paper Money, and I suppose the Affair of a totall defeat of Count De Estaing and Gen'l Lincoln at Georgia, will help greatly to reduce our Currency. I make no doubt by this time, you have had a particular account, and shall only say, that a Vessell from Augustean bound to N York, and was obligd to put in here, in full confidence that this place was still in possession of the British Troops, have bro't the News, that of the Action of the 9th October the Count headed his troops and made a regular approach after being defeated the 16 Sep❜r at last was totally repuls'd with a great Loss, and have divid'd his fleet, some to Delaware and others to Europe.


Dear Mr. Lopez,

Newport, 29th November, 1779.

My last was by Mr. Goldthw't which I expected would leave this last Thursday, but was much surpriz'd to find he did not sett out untill this morning; This day I waited on Geo. Sears and have paid him the amo't of his Invoice. The mistake in the threads was discover'd previous to your letter. I shall use my means to have them packt tomorrow and shipp'd before I leave this which suppose will be the beginning of the week. David sett out for Providence yesterday morning: Christopher gott in Prov. last Friday and made his appearance here Saba. Capt. Wright waits for a wind to goe by water and probably will have one in the Morning; Capt. Story arrivd in Town yesterday, he says he was taken

1 The original is in the Newport Historical Society.

by our people from Long Island, but am apt to think it was a concerted plan, and suppose he finished what business he went after at N York and put himself in the way of being taken. He express's a great desire of seeing you.

Christopher left the families well, and Sally Lopez much recoverd. your Bro. David left this for home yesterday, and Mr. Mears1 expect to keep Saba at Leicester; Paper Money no Currency in this place and no manner of price for that Currency.

God grant you Success with your present contest, and wish to have the agreeable News from you, and that you have triump'd over those Scoundrells, that would rob you of your Money.

Our friends here are all well and am, Yours very Affect'ly, ABR'M P. Mendez

Hon'd Sir,

David Lopez, JR. TO AARON Lopez 2

Leicester, 7th December, 1779.

I DID myself the honor of addressing you my respects from Newport per Mr. Goldthwait, which have the pleasure since my Arrivall here to learn had reached your hands.

The ill state of my Sisters health, and her anxious desire of seeing me stimulated me to leave the Island before Capt. Sears could attend to the delivery of the goods, Mr. Mendez being on the spot has taken charge and forwarded them to Providence, where I have the pleasure to advise you they arrived safe a few hours before my departure. Mr. Jacobs promised to attend emeadiately to their land'g and our faithfull Christovall (who arrived here with Capt. Wright last Even❜g) tells me that he assisted in putting them safe in our Store, where they wait your further orders. The impracticability of obtaining Bills at this juncture in our quarter and the shocking disrepute of paper Medium has not permited me to improve what we have of it on hand for your

1 Samson Mears.

2 The original is in the Newport Historical Society.

acct. at Newport they still hold it in the same point of view as when you was there, and with us at Providence, those who have goods of any kind, rather prefer holding them than our fleeting phantom of a Currency. I have left the Bundle you was pleased to put in my care, together with what we were in Cash (say about Ten Thousand Dollars) in Mr. Jacobs hands to attend your orders. hope it may not suffer from a further depriciation before you are able to invest it in something more permanent. Mr. Mears accompany'd me to the happy Hills of Leicester. he requests a tender of his best regards to you. we left Providence Sunday morning and reached here after a tedious Storm of Snow about 10 oClock yesterday, and found all our dear families in health excepting my good Aunt Rivera who is much indisposed with a Cold, and my poor Sister who is in a very low condition and I fear not long for this life.

hope e'r this Justice may have placed you secure from the dread of rancourous Envy and Villany, in terminating the troublesome litigation which has so long disturbed your tranquility agreeable to your most sanguine expectations. Accept Dear Sir my best wishes for your Success and happiness and believe me to continue with the utmost Respect and Esteem, Your Most Obedient Nephew and very Humble Servant, DAVID LOPEZ, JUN.


Worthey Friend,


Leicester, 11th December, 1779.

AFTER making a verry harty dinner, I am now alone in your Store, sorounded with Leather Breeches all serene and quiet, when in the hour of my serious Meditations I am surprised to find you inclined to tarry among a people who by there own confession are strongly attached to the political Laws and government of inferno, the Lord have mercy on them, and what adds to my astonishment, is when I consider 1 The original is in the Newport Historical Society.

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