Letter – Ralph Grey – 19 Nov 1675

Document Type: Letter
Date: 19 Nov 1675
Correspondent: Ralph Grey
Archive Source: NRO 753 J
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      November the 19th 75

Honord Sir

Yours of the 25 of October recd for which I thank you & for your advice of the price of Cole and lead I have agreed with Mr Jno Dobson to goe in Spring I intreat your further advice what the Charges there Come to upon every per of Coles and w[ha]t the Custome & Charges of lead per tt for my better goverment. I cannot prevail with him to goe higher than New Haven [probably Le Havre] and shall according to your order consigne them to <Mr Jn a Cognomen> to follow your order my Coz Tho: Briggs is arrived safe at this port for your Care in sending him with your Brother to <Deipe> to imbark in one of the Kings Yaughts & to Consigne to Sr Tho: Bloodworth my worthy Friend I am very much ingaged to you I doe very much blame him that he did not account with you, for what monyes you are in disburse for him that it may be made you good with Thanks his answer was to me that he intended to return per the first ships but business hath interveind the contrary that he canot now in hast pray advise me per the first what you have disburst for him that I may take Care per first to return you I have discounted with Rich: Davie for his Coles & beeswax which pray give Tho Briggs acct Cridit for & when you find a fitt oportunyty dispose of the Tobacco which I refer to you pray send my Cuson Briggs his Trunk & <Beding> per the first for this port if any come here before Jno Dobson not else from Ra: Grey
Recipient was probably in Rouen. Sir Thomas Bludworth was a London merchant, famous for his failure to control the Great Fire. Described by Pepys as ‘a silly man, I think’.

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