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Watts, Robert to Robert Livingston re: discovery of Samuel Vetch's abandoned ship

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00657 Author/Creator: Watts, Robert Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1701/11/26 Pagination: 1 p. + addr. 31.5 x 20.8 cm

Watts writes of the suppositions surrounding Samuel Vetch's ship, still laden with its cargo of spirits and furs. Capt. Vetch's journal of the excursion, along with his papers (receipts for the illicit goods and the like), were discovered aboard the abandoned ship, and it is presumed that some of the cargo had been previously off-loaded (adding to hopes of Vetch's survival). Docketed on address leaf.

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