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Harwood, Jacob (fl. 1686-1695) to Robert Livingston re: ramifications of the death of Gov. Sloughter

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00209 Author/Creator: Harwood, Jacob (fl. 1686-1695) Place Written: London, [England] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1692/04/25 Pagination: 2 p. + addr. 30.4 x 19.4 cm

Summary of Content: Harwood writes with the reactions to the death of Governor Sloughter, under whose personal signature Livingston's loans to the government were made. Harwood claims, to the hopes of Livingston, that "there be some probability of the Lordships paying those old Debts" and then discusses the corruption of the Court of William III. Harwood hopes for peace and good trade, and ends with the belief that "by the next [letter] from here you will have good or very bad news." Docketed on address leaf.

Full Transcript: London, [England] 25 April 1692
Yours by Sinclare & Corbett with the two Cases of beaver, & bundles of Bears skins, on my propper Acctt: & Risque, have rece[ive]d, with your Letter ...of Attorney, & Petition, to the Lord[s] w[hi]ch you may assure your self shall make the best use off, for you as for my self, but the news of Slaughters Death arriveing, so soon after I had reced them, did not as yet present the same, till there be some probabillity of yr: Lordships paying those old Debts, wch: will not be yett, but as I am informed things go for Dungan, [so] will I move, in the mean time shall be makeing my interest ready, mr. Blathwaite is now in Fflanders with the King, & mr. Povey supplys his place, with whome [illegible] opportunity Serves, can wth: ease make an interest, but to be Continually feeding of Courtiers with Guineas, without wch: nothing is to be done here, I thinck itt not Convenient; the [illegible] I fear will not anser the Expence, as to mr: V: Courtland's money, I refus you, to mine & Corbett this goes by Sinclare who will Satisfie you in any moment refuseing to those, & other affairs; Sir You will find enclosed, a bill of Loading, Invoices of [illegible] one ffatt, & one box of goods, to wch: I refus you for the particulars, Capt: Sinclare wth: whome I have so ffully discoursed being the Beaver have no need to enlarge, Pray God send peace & [2] Good Trade will ffollow, in enCourageing whereof nothing shall be wanting on my parts, nor do I Doubt your ffidellity on the other, A ffew good returns will promote itt but beavers are so low here, 8/ [illegible] being the highest of the markett; that except they are very good, & very cheap, Small ffures [sic] whale bone, Oiles, & [such] will do bett[er]. The Linnens, & Callicoes are so very dear, I was almost affraid to buy them, but [illegible] hope to Supply my Self with Such things; by the next from hence you will have good- or very bad news, but I am affraid the last wch with Service to your Self & Lady I am Sir Your Reall ffriend & Servant
Jacob Harwood
N: Yorke 29 August 1692 Jacob hardwoods lettir from London [per] Sinclare dated 25 Apl 1692 sending wth guineys
For Mr Robertt Livingston Merchantt A Mr: St: V: Courtland Merchantt In New Yorck p Capt: Sinclare L.D.C.
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