Letter – John Blackett to Ralph Hall – 11 Jun 1709

Document Type: Letter
Date: 11 Jun 1709
Correspondent: John Blackett
Recipient: Ralph Hall
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 192
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Mr Ralph Hall                                               Rotterdm  11 June 1709

Sr	I Recd both yours of the 9 & 20 May, here above you have Invoice of Eleven Matts Flax Five Matts Rynsbn Tow & 5 Matts Borb Tow Shipt on board the providence Abram Bosfield Master, Robt Bulman has met wth Some trouble here therefore is left behind, am very Sorry could not get more Rynsbn Tow, if the Ships had Stayd but one day longer Should had a parcell out of the country, I have Shipt 4 Matts Flax more than would have done, if could have got Tow enough, hope it will prove to Content, there is one Matt Borb Tow <Bo> wch cost but f16 there are a great quantity of that Sort Sent to England therefore Sends this for a triall, Abram Bosfield is to Saile this day God Send him a Good Voyage, pray will you Send me per first good Ship in Basketts 600 dozin of the Same Sort of Bottles as you Sent per Bulman if they was Something larger would be the better but pray loade them in a Ship that does not draw above 10 or 10 1/2 foot Water, when you put them in large Ships they are obliged to lighten wch Occassions much loss, I have Sent per Jefferson one pint Bottle pray Send me per first Ship 200 dozin of the Same Sort as nigh as possible, because they are bespooke, your Bottles per Bulman are all Sold at 24 Stl I Should have got a better price but a Ship arrived in the Same Fleet from Bristol wch brought a great maney thousand dozin & you know likewise that great quantities was Sent from Newcastle, you have a Vast maney bottles Broak, the Master & Men tells me the reason is the Ship is a great Ship & was obliged to put into Hellevaet and there was forced to lighten & then must hoice the Basketts upon Deck wch broak 10 bottles for one that was broak at Sea, I had a 100 dozen Sent me by a friend in a little Ship where there was but one & Sometimes 2 bottles broake in a basket, in a post or two will Send you the Acct as likewise bills for the bottles I now order pray remember you load in a Ship that does but draw 10 or 101/2 foot water, if you would have any Rynsbr Tow bought pray let me know per first post & Shall buy what you want against the Ships arrives, Kendel Cottons are Sold from 5 to 8gl a piece at present there is no great demand for them, I will never Encourage my friends to Send Goods when I do not See a prospect of disposing of them in little time but if you Send any may be assured will do all that lays in my power to get the highest Market price, I am very Glad you Sent no Coales most was Sold for 15 & 16gl wch will turne to very bad account, now the Ships are gone the price is f17gl when we have a peace I hope we Shall be Serviceble to one another, pray when you Ship any Goods to me load them always in Ships that comes wth Convoy

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