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Title: Cunningham, Waddell to Scott & McMichael, 1756
CollectionLetterbook of Greg & Cunningham_1756-1757 [T. Truxes]
SenderCunningham, Waddell
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientScott & McMichael
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count456
TranscriptTo Scott & McMichael, Philadelphia 25 October 1756

Dear Gentlemen:

I am favoured with yours of the 21st past. As soon as 1 had done writing
you last post, I sent Captain Stewart & Captain Wallace to view the
Prize ship who made a return as follows, that she had a good Hull &
Anchors but no Cables fitt to proceed to sea, no boats, her mean mast
rotten, woud require some new sales, & that all small stores were taken from her. I then told Captain Stewart the orders I had from you & desired to know his Oppinion how far it would be prudent to bid from the state he
found the Vessel in & the Oppinion you must have formed of her. Indeed,
I bid £80 above my own Judgement, which was £1,480 & was the Extent he
thought her worth, the sum you limitted to. And as you must have expected,
Captain Blair1 bought her at £1,490 & made use of a great deal of low
Cunning more then I thought him Capable of, but as I was resolved what to
do, it had no effect with me. I expected he will be put to it to raise the
money, & I dont think it Impossible but she may [be] sold again, if that cant be done soon. Which if shoud happen, she will be sold £290 at least Cheaper then before, as many of the particulars I have informed you of was
not known to Captain Blair & to but very few people when she was sold.
I am Content you purchase the Quantity Flaxseed I ordered at 4s per
bushell, but am in hopes you will be able to doe it less. Let as little of
it be in Casks as possible, & have a good Sloop for to bring it round. You
may start the loose seed among the Casks which may bring the freight
alittle Cheaper. The sloop you ship the Flaxseed in Can bring some arms
with her, & if you coud put a pare ell of the powder in Flaxseed Casks,
she might bring il also, but have the Casks well lined or the Casks of
powder will drive the heads out, & if you gott any more German Town
Caps, send them. Dont miss a good Opportunity to send the Paper. It sells
high here.
You must proportion the Charges on the Tea &c. Mr. Stevenson should
pay you £72.15.5 for the balance of my account. I debit you that sum,
being what I settled with him for. Tell Messrs. Shee & Co. they shall here
from me next post. WC

2 Cables240
Mast 60
Small stores40
Two boats 30