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Commerce of Rhode Island
CHARLES LYELL TO CHRISTOPHER CHAMPLIN1
Martha's Vineyard, 11 January, 1775.
I HAVE Some baggage on board Captain Coffin's Schooner from Nantucket, which I beg the favor of you to enquire after and forward to me at Boston. I must likewise request you to satisfy him for the freight of them and my own and Servant's passage from Nantucket to this place and charge it to Mr. Brymer's Account. I left London the 13 November in a Brig belonging to Providence bound to Salem. The Master was not acquainted to the Eastward which occasioned our tumbling about in the Bay a fortnight and were at last obliged to put into Nantucket last Saturday Evening where I left her. I have no particular News. I breakfasted with Mr. Alex'r Grant the morning before I came away, and left him and Mrs. G. with the little one in good health. I have sent some Packets and letters for Mr. Cheeseborough and Dr. Hunter which you will enquire after, and deliver the enclosed if the Hind has not left you. If she is gone and no opportunity of forwarding it to Antigua please to send it to me at Boston. Make my best Compliments to Mrs. Champlin, Mr. and Mrs. Bell, and Dr. Haliburton's family. You will likewise oblige me by calling upon Captain Wallace with my Compliments and let him know I left his friends well but they had no particu
1 The original is in the Newport Historical Society.