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May the first 1675 Yours of the 26 per post & of the 27 per Mr Porter came to hand I have according to your order recd of Mr Porter 1 ½ last of rye which I was not bid above 16£ per last their being soe much East Contry corn come in this week corn which they sell at 17£ per last soe have lofted yours & shall dispose of it to the best advantage a[s] for your 2 hoggheads of Brandy I had your M[aste]r to see them filld up which wanted 2 ½ gall[on]s Mr Rain doth profer 3s3d per Gall I doe not fear to gett 3s4d : if not 3s6d if you send them noe worse than these as for your Rosin they bought your black of 10s & offer for this 9s soe I expect your order as to that particular, I intreated wth Mr Swain about the canvis but when I examend your M[aste]r declared there was none aboard, except it be very good he will not exceeed 20d or 21d per yard on Monday the 3rd I intend to enter him that he shall lose no time & lode him wth the best Colburn coles & ship 50 pcs of small lead & use my intrest as to your custume as for your lead you shall pay noe more but 12£ 10s per fother soe sell none under 13£ & Sr Wm Bleckitt at 13£:5s but we must not lose our customers I asure you we will not lose any opportunity to serve you wth lead or coles at the cheapest rate my service to Mr Edward Mason, I had writt but I thought he was gone but I suppose you will [write] to him Coleburne & Lemington cole sold for 10s & Grandlease for 9s to 8s6d this what needful from yours R.G.
recipient not named, but probably Thomas Lemon – see account following 22 May, 1675. A last was a shipping measure equivalent to 80 bushels.