Letter – John Blackett to Matthew Featherstone – 30 Nov 1708

Document Type: Letter
Date: 30 Nov 1708
Correspondent: John Blackett
Recipient: Matthew Featherstone
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 192
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Mr Featerstone & Reay                                                    Rotterdm  30 Novmbr 1708

yrs of the 9th past came Safe to hand, I have bought part of the flax & Twine & will Ship them aboard Robt bulman, I have been at all the Shops in towne & cannot find one Matt Rainsbr Tow, it is all bought up, Abram Bosfield is partly loaden wth it, wth much adoe I have found 2 Matts Bossell wch will Ship as above, & likewise the paper, it is a Strong good Ship carrys 8 Guns 14 men, So there is no danger of a Small privateer, She sails by the first fair Wind, wth the London Convoy, all the flax wch Mr Allan Pelsant & Foster & others buys, are always bought by a Man Attendant of the Markett & than we allow them <1/2 Stl> a Stone & pay ready money but as you Say it is much cheaper doing So than buying in the Shops, and though I do pay Ready money yet I will not be too haesty drawing upon you
First name of Featherstone is unclear, but a Matthew Featherston, merchant was active at this time

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