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Sr 20th July 1714 I hope this will finde you Safe return’d to yor Family, wch Shall be glad to hear I sent my dear Mitty ab[ou]t a month agoe to Dunham, I thank God She got well their the Season being Extremely Hott, & having a very unskillfull Coachman – drive the Horses soe fast, that one of them died two or 3 days after at Dunham & the rest of them came Home, but in soe Ill a Condition that, I question wheither they’l live or not, However am Sure Some of them will never be fit for Service more, wch has put an absolute end to my Intended Journey to the Bath I must now acqnt you that I have reced a Letter from my Son, dated from aboard the Phoenix the 3d of May in Boston Harbour, he writes me that he arived their the last month from Tortuda, & was fitting out wth all Expedition, to Carry Generall Nicholson unto Annapolis & newfound Land, & from thence to return back again to Boston, where he Expected to be in 3 or 4 months, I desire you’l doe me the favour, that when any ships arrives wth you from Boston, Tortuda, or Annapolis or newfound Land, you’l be soe kinde as make Enquiry if they heard any thing of the pho[e]nix, & where she was, wth my most Humble Service to yorSelf & family, I am Sr Yor most Faithfull & most obedt Humble servt ForThe Honoble the Dean of Bristol Via London
Robert Booth (1708–1730) was Dean of Bristol, and related to Lord Warrington at Dunham Massey. General Sir Francis Nicholson was a British Army General and Governor of Nova Scotia (1712-1715).