Letter – Ralph Grey to William Peacock – 27 Oct 1674

Document Type: Letter
Date: 27 Oct 1674
Correspondent: Ralph Grey
Recipient: William Peacock
Archive Source: NRO 753 J
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October 27 (74)

Mr Wm Peacock

Yours of the 23rd came to safe hand I have treated with Mr Howard, at Grass to gett me a barrel of the sundry sorts of ore that is in this country, it had been in er now, but that they can gett noe oare from the groves here hath been such great rain since August last, our corn is destroyed upon the ground, & that which is saved, much of it is grown stainted. Mr Peter Watson hath 2 ships come in from Colebrough which is sold here for 5s6d per Bushel & ready vent. I am afraid it will be dearer, there is abundance of of [sic] corne that will niver be reaped. You ordered me to buy you 200 firkins of butter provided I could buy it at 20s pr firkin there was pd last week for a parcel 26s pr firkin & noe ship I could prevail to serve for 25 wher as your order is 25s and 30s my sonne Ralph is now there with a ship of 200 tts to lead brandy for myselfe and partner I thanke you hartily As to your advice to my sonne I do intend God willing to send him over next spring if we could get a shipe or two to carry from Colebrough stattine or any p[or]t in thes p[ar]ts  I shall upon <netecd> take care to ordr over my 1/3 part or what you please I think all sort of grain will hould up price rye 5s wheat 7s malt 3s8d barly 3s white peese 6s8d ots 2s6d pr Bush for present noe lead in town be reason of bad weather but sold at 13£ per fother, & coles risen to 12s per Chald which was sold for six when you were here.

Yours  Ra: Grey

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