|Cunningham, Waddell to Barber, William, 1757
|Letterbook of Greg & Cunningham, 1756-1757 [T. Truxes]
|To William Barber, London 18 January 1757
We are favourd with yours of the 9th October & observe the Contents.
The Season was so far advanced when your goods arrived that one half
of your Chints and Caligoes lyes on hand. We shall miss no opportunity
to put them off in the Spring & close the sales as soon as in our power.
What is sold is from 125 to 140 per Cent advance on your Invoice.
There is not at present any Gum Seneca at market. French prise Indigo
sells from 8/6 to 9s per pound & Bees Wax from 2/2 to 2/3 per pound,
so that we coud not think it your Interest to Remit you in any of these
Articles, which induces us to order our Thomas Greg of Belfast to
remitt you in a bill of Exchange £140 Sterling. The present Exchange is
827; per Cent, £255 10s Curensy, to the Debt of your Account. This is all
we are at Present in cash as expects to be soon on your account, but
if from the prices of goods here you see any Article that has a prospect
to answer, we wold be glad you wold advise and we shall ship it. You may ship on our Accounts by first Vessel bound here one hundred
peces of Dark ground Chinee Catlicoes, the same you Charged al 2is
per & Lett them be charged as cheap as you can and gett the Cost insured
by good men. We dont chuse to take any Dry goods on Commission for
these reasons, that the sale of them is verry uncertain & our Remittances
must be slow, as we have no Customers that pays punctualy. This we
know Cant be agreeable to Merchants at home who are not acquainted
with things of the sort.
We shall be glad to render you every Service in our Power.
Exchange to London, 82V; per Cent
2[nd Martinico Clayed Sugars], 4 to 57:
1st Clayed St. Domingo Sugars, 5 to 6
2nd ditto, 4 to 5
Muscavado, 2 to 41/2
Cotton French, 16 to 17
ditto our islelanands,1 15 to 161/2
Coffee Martinico. 81/2
ditto St. Domingo, 8
Log Wood, £12 per Ton
per Capt. Callwell
per Capt. Stewart