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very low and wanted Colour. the first 18 hhds. I sold at 31/6 per Cent, and the other 20 hhds per Dickinson was so much worse that I never could get above 29/ for them; so was obliged to keep them untill very lately. the many Sugar Ships that have been lost and taken rose the price of sugars, so that I got 32/ per Cent for them; that is, I have sold them at that price and shall soon send you those Sales. Collo. Thomlinson advised me that he had shipd me ten hhds of your Sugar by Capt. Cuizack and desired me to insure them as usual; but the ship by which he advised me thereof was taken and carried into France, and when the Letters came to hand from France, Capt. Cuizack was given over for lost, so that I could not get a peney Insurance made on him. I had since advice from Mr. Thomlinson of 20 hhds of your sugar ship'd on board the Bolan, Capt. Payne, and 10 hhds on board the Black Ann, both which I made insurance upon, and the Bolan, Capt. Payne, is taken and carry'd into France. And the Black Ann has been taken, and is retaken and carryd into Bristoll by a privateer however you will be pretty safe in both those Adventures, only Collo. Thomlinson has not yet sent me duplicates of Bills of Ladings for those Sugars to prove that they were aboard. Therefore must write to him to do it, as I must have them to prove that these Sugars were on board before I shall recover the Insurance; and I shall also write to him, (and I would have you to do the same) always to take care to write for insurance in time and by two or three Conveyances, and to send Bill of Lading and Invoice of all the Sugar he ships by at least three Conveyances so long as this war continues.

I have not for several Months past had the Favour of a Line from you, and here is now brought to me by Richard How your Bill of Exchange dated the 14th of November, 1744, in Favour of Mr. Joseph Jacobs for £250 Sterling, and I hear there is another of your Bills on me in Town, but has not been brought to me yet. as I have no advice of either of those Bills I have told Mr. How, as I shall also tell whoever brings the other, that as soon as I have advice of them

I shall accept and pay them, and I must begg of you both for your own safety and mine that whenever you draw on me that you will at the same time give me advice of what Bills you draw; for I know nobody that will or can with safety pay any Bill without advice, and very ill consequences have, and may attend the payment of Bills without proper


The account of the Jamaica Hurycane is but just comed here,1 and thereupon Sugar is greatly advanced, and I hope it will keep up as the freights and insurance must now continue very high during this French war. I think I have not farther to add, save that I am with very great respect, Sir, Your most humble Servantt


Inclosed is the sales of all your Sugars that are come to hand as on the other side, Neat proceeds of 384 hds. being £548. 16. 1.

[Endorsed,] with Magazines. Per Capt. Adams. Q. D. C.


Dear Cuzen Stephen,


Perth Amboy, May 11th, 1745.

WE are heartily concern'd to finde that we are not likely to be favoured with Cuzen Susannah's Company untill that she changes her minde of apprehention of danger. hope you'l send a line on your hereing from the f[orce] on the Expedition. it is but a narrow low way of thincking that those of Pencilv'a and of this province who should consider so publick an undertaking of so great consequence but not likely to doe any thing in either province, under the pretence of the thing not being recommended by his Maj[es]tie, etc.

1 It had occurred October 20, 1744. An account of it is given in the Boston Weekly News-Letter, January 17, 1745.

2 Third son of Daniel Ayrault, born 1709 and died in 1794. His wife Ann was daughter of Peter Bours.

3 Against Louisburg.

Thay have been tould that the advantages to these Colloneys would be great if that they had once the Brittish Standerd fixed up there, but it seems equal to some people who governs as thay can purchuss their peac whoever is over them. we shall be glad to here of Cuzen Goulding's recovary and of the young Ladie you mention to have been indisposed lately. Be pleased to pay our Complyments to Brother and all the family round, and to Cuzen Ellias when you write that the Blessing of the Almighty God may attend their great undertakeing is the hea[r]ty wishis of, D'r Stephen, your affectionate Kinsman and humble Servant ROBT. KING

[Endorsed,] To Mr. Stephen Ayrault, Merchant, at Guest Newport.


Copy per Adams.


London, the 1st May, 1746.

I HAVE here to acknowledge your favour of the 29th January adviseing of your Draft in favour of Mr. Joseph Jacobs for £200 Sterling, which is accepted, and when due will be duely paid. I have also Mr. Thomlinson's Favour of the 1st March last from Antigua inclosing me Bill of Lading for 16 hhds of Sugar per Capt. Colshare who is safe arriv'd at Dartmouth without haveing any Insurance on 'em, and I hope he will arrive here safe; And the Sugars will if good fetch a good Price. the Average on the Black Anne is not yet settled by the Owners, so that we cannot yet send you the Sales of the 30 hhds of Sugar in her. As soon as that is done you shall have 'em. I am with great Esteem, Sir, Your humble Servant,




London, the 30th May, 1746.

BUT nine days since I received your several Letters all upon one half sheet of paper of the 15th of October the 14th of February and 10th of March last with the Duplicate of

Wait Tripp's Appeal, etc. But never had the Original or the other Letters of the 6th of September, or 5th of December, or the first Copy of Mr. Benjamin Hazard's Case which accompanyd the same, as you will see by my Letters since wrote to you and Mr. Hazard; and you will also see that I had received a duplicate of Mr. Hazard's Case, and have put it into the best Lawyers' Hands, as I have likewise done Mrs. Wait Tripp's Case, and I shall use my utmost Endeavours to get both of them brought on to a hearing as soon as possible; but those appeals are sometimes very teadious. Notwithstanding Mr. Banester has wrote Mr. Harrison that I had rec'd John Jones Letter and was to carry on his Case I assure you Mr. Jones never wrote me one word about it, but has sent it to Mr. Baker, and Mr. Baker by his Lawyer has delivered it at the Councel office in order to proceed in the prosecution thereof, and which I had notice of from the Council office to appear for Mr. Hazard; so then I was obliged to give Mr. Hazard's papers to my Lawyer, and the Cause is on the List and will, I suppose, be heard in its turn: but when that will be it is impossible for me to say, but no endeavours of mine shall be wanting to get both that and the other over as soon as possible. It would be worth your while to prevail with Mr. Harrison, whom I take to be a very honest and good man, to give you a sight of that letter of Mr. Banister's. it is dated the 21st of September, and a duplicate thereof was intercepted in some ship taken or retaken and shewn about here; and a Friend of mine told me what it contain'd relating to me and several others; but I would not believe a word of it as Mr. Banister had been all along, and was to all Appearances for Months after the writeing of that Letter, upon the best and friendlyest Terms with me, and proposeing to help me into very advantagous Scheemes of Trade with several of the most considerable Gentlemen in Carrolina both North and South. But to convince me the said Letter in his own hand writing was brought me and I had the Liberty only to read it over, and I find it has been shewn to others and some has had the Liberty to take Copys of it. But the chief concern it gave

me was to think that Mr. Banister was capable of writeing such a Letter more then for any prejudice it might do me. Mr. Banister I find knows that I and some others have seen it but have not taken any notice to him of it or do I think it worth while any further then to vindicate my self when any part thereof is mention'd to me.

The defrence you mention to be between the sales of the Sugars in Capt. MacDaniell and my Account Currant, arose from an error in the freight, and you will see that by my Letter to you of the 26 of October, 1743, so that your Account Currant is right as it stands. You will see by the above Copy that your Bill of £200 in favour of Mr. Joseph Jacobs mett with due Honour. Capt. Colshare in whom your Sugars therein mention'd [are,] has got no farther then Portsmouth. I wish they were safe up. I think they would sell well, as the last I sold was some belonging to judge Gourdon of Antigua and not very fine. the price was 45/ per Cent. I have some more of his which I have been bid the same price for, but am in hopes of getting more, as so many of our Sugar Ships have been lately taken. I have just settled the Average on the Ship Black An with the owners, and here send you the Sales; in which you will see that you are only charged with 1 and 2 per Cent. the Money paid for 3d of Value of said Sugars at Bristoll to the Recaptors was charged to your Account Currant at the time it was paid, and as 10 hhds. of the 30 were insured, we shall now settle for the Money paid for Account of the said Ten with the Insurers, and give your Account Credit for the same and shall very soon send you your Account Currant. I am with great Esteem, Sir, Your most humble Servant



N. B. The freight instead of £21. 10. 7 should have been £24. 0.7 (per McDaniel).

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