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the rapid depreciation of our paper money, how they can support Two wives and are not ashamed to have the matter debaited in a Boston Court of Justice be that as it may.

I have been at your House one whole week, living on the fatt of the Land, and my attendance fit for a Noble man. Your family at present are in number only 99 and still there is a vacancy for one more, and I desire you will return with all Expedition and fill it, then we shall be able to proseed to business. to prevent your inattention to what I have said, permitt me to hint, your Family if I mistake not, inclines to imbrace the Presbyterian Faith, a Religion of all now extant is the most fatal, to Humanity and Common Honesty; fraught with, Superstition and oppression, (whatever I may think I will not say - Rebellion) if this piece of Intelligence will not bring you home I must suppose you are inclined to take to your self, another wife. should that prove to be the case my friend, the first ox slead you see aproach the greate Town, prepare your self to meet a man Red with uncommon Rath to blast the man who oweth his greatness to paper Money. Yours most respectfully,

[Memo.] from Capt. Benj. Wright.




I HAVE been favoured with your Letter of the 23d of last Month, addressed to Mr. Lewis and myself, together with the Inclosure. Mr. Lewis is now indisposed: You will therefore be kind enough to accept of this as an answer from him as well as from me. Your Application for a Protection in Favour of Captain Gardner and Captain Wright, I will take the very first Opportunity of laying before the Gentlemen you mention; and you may rest assured that my best Advice and Assistance will not be wanting in order to promote its Success. The Event will be communicated to you so soon as I shall know it. I am sorry for the very long

1 The original is in the Newport Historical Society.

Delays you have experienced with regard to the Schooner Hope.1 You have indeed reason to be dissatisfied with the Treatment which you have received in Connecticut. An unfortunate Concurrence of several Circumstances has hitherto prevented the Argument of the Motion for rehearing your Cause. But it is the first, or almost the first matter that will come on: And I hope, by next Post, to have the Pleasure of informing you that it is finally determined in your Favour.

I am,

with great Regard, Sir, Your very humble Servant, JAMES WILSON

Philadelphia, 13th December, 1779.



We now transmit you by Mr. Hide three Setts of bills of Exchange for 36 Dollars each, and one for 30 Dollars in favor of Alexander Catlin, also two Setts for 36 Dollars each, and one for 30, and one for 12 Dollars, in the name of Jos. Mather, which we have procured at 18 for one. We likewise forward One Sett for 30, four for 24, and three for 18 Dollars each, in favor John Robbins, also one for 24 Dollars, in favor of Seth Stanly, which were purchased at 20 for one. We trust we shall be able to forward on a sufficiency to make up the sum which you left with us, and are, Sir, with every Sentiment of Esteem Your Most Obedient Humble Servants, WILL'M AND ROD'C LAWRENCE

Hartford, December 13th, 1779.



Providence, 19 November, 1779.

I AM now on my way Home from Boston. Left our Daughters well there last Evening, they are very happy.

1 The papers in the case of Brooks vs. Lopez, claimant of Schooner Hope, and of Lopez vs. Griffith, et al., 1778, are in the office of the Clerk of the U. S. Supreme Court,

my Daughter is in want of Half a Dozen Black feathers such as you sent your Daughter. I will be much obliged to you to procure for my good Girl that number or less if they are scarce. send them by some carefull hand to Mr. John Mumford at Clark and Nightingales in Providence, the amount of which shall be paid on first notice in either silver or paper, which you are obliged to pay for them, and if good handsome purple and white Calicho to make her two Gowns can be procured you will renew the Obligation to procure and send me to said John Mumford sufficient for that purpose say ten or 12 yards, or a whole piece if more convenient. I give you this trouble as I understand by your Daughter you bought the Black feathers for her at Newport and they cannot be had in Boston. excuse this freedom and oblige, Sir, Your most Humble Servant


P. S. if eight scanes of Silk and hair of the Colours of the inclosed patterns can be procurd (four of each) pray send me them also, and continue the obligation to

T. M.


Dear Sir,

Stratford, 31st December, 1779.

WE address you at Leicester fully persuaded that the malicious and vexatious cause of your detention has 'ere this terminated (as it should) to the confusion of the prosecutors, and that your family are once more happy in your return to them. Our Journey has been attended with every Inconveniency that inclement weather, (such as we have lately had) coud involve us in. two days was intirely spent between this and New haven distant only fourteen miles, and after forcing a passage through a snow of nearly three feet deep, were oblig'd to leave our Carriage and one horse when within five miles and by dint of perseverance arriv'd here with the other (one of us walking the whole time). we

1 John Wiley.

shall not be enabled to give you a perfect state of Markets as the post this moment waits for our letter sufficient to say that from the general appearance we do not doubt of selling our goods to advantage. we have not as yet received any intelligence from Mr. Blake. have left instructions for him with Mr. Pitkin1 with a reinforcement of Cash and expect to wait here in hopes of a line per return of the post. Immediately on receiving information of our goods passing through Hartford (of which Mr. Pitkin will acquaint us), we shall proceed for Fishkill from whence we shall again write you. we are Sir with compliments to Capt. Wright, Mr. Rivera, Mrs. Rivera, your good Lady, and all other Friends at Leicester your oblig'd and humble Servants,


P. S. Please to inform Mr. Rivera that we have had an offer for his Tea of 50 Dollars if we woud deliver it here, which we may possibly accept of if nothing better offers within a day or two, as a strong rumor prevails that Holland has certainly acceeded to a loan of several Millions and that Congress has drawn to a large amount. this whether true or false serves to stagnate Business.


Dear Sir,

Wilton, January 31st, 1780.

THE Tuesday morning after leaving you and encountering a severe cold Journey I had the happiness of joining our Families here, who I found in great anxiety about my long absence; the means I took to advise them of the cause, fail'd, and of course their conjectures were many, some not of the most favorable kind; however my arrival put an end to every painful feelling and gave way to the inexpressible enjoyment of embracing each other in perfect health. My intention of going to New London, was obstructed by the information I rec'd at the place where I was to take that

1 Daniel Pitkin.

[ 1780 Road, of its being shut up; The only Road I could then take, was from Hartford, which would have encreased my journey 70 miles; My being out so long, and the great risque I run of being as much longer detained out by another fall of snow; and the infirmity of my Horse, were strong inducements for me to avoid that, and proceed home immediately and defer my business at New London for a future Journey. From the information I obtain'd on the Road of the price of Produce that way, Coffee was mention'd at 6 dollars, so that if I had got there, there was no probability of effecting your order respecting that article. I cannot pass over in silence yours and every Branch of your worthy Family's friendly Civilities during my stay at your hospitable house. It fills me with every sentiment of Gratitude while I offer my grateful acknowledgements for the many kindness I have repeatedly received.



Boston 16 February 1780. Receiv'd of Sam Vernon Tertius One Hundred and Sixty four Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Ten Pence in full for One Sixteenth part of the Sloop Lady Washington1 and Appurtenances.



[On the reverse of sheet,] Ninety pounds of the Within was paid by Sam Brown in a Balance due him for fiting the Lady Washington his third Cruise.

Dear Sir,


Hartford, 21 February, 1780.

I RECEIVED a letter from Mr. Wiley Stratford January 29 1780 wherein is the following words. "Mr. Lopez intends

1 In 1782 and 1783 a Massachusetts vessel, engaged as privateer, bore this name.

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