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Title: Cunningham, Waddell to Greg, Thomas, 1756
CollectionLetterbook of Greg & Cunningham, 1756-1757 [T. Truxes]
SenderCunningham, Waddell
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationBelfast, Northern Ireland
RecipientGreg, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
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TranscriptTo Thomas Greg, Belfast 12 November 1756

Dear Sir:

With this you have Copy of my last since am favoured with yours of the
20th, 26th, and 30 of August and observe the contents.
The Johnson dis not yet appear. If Messrs. Haliday & Dun bar kept her
longer in Liverpool then the 1st September, they have acted very badly
and contrary to our Interest. I would advise if the Johnson Sailed before
the 15th September that you, on receipt of this, order all our Interest to be Insured. A Derry Vessel is arrived here four days agoe that thought
he see her two days after he left the Coast of Ireland, which was about
the 20th September.
Captain Charles Stewart goes Captain of the Waddell. She begins to
load in a day or two, and I expect will sail by the time I mentioned. I have
seen her Keel and would not now take £1,000 for the Bargain, as I look
upon her to be the compleatest Vessel for taking the Ground and for the
Flaxseed trade of any ever went from these parts. She draws when loaded
15 feet Water.
I shall be resolved about buying a Vessel for Daniel by what Messrs.
Haliday & Dunbar writes, but I believe he must go in the Johnson one
Voyage more,
Flaxseed has got above the value by the imprudence of some buyers
here. Its now 6s per Bushel. What we ship shall be on the best terms, but
I am sure it will be a bad trade and our orders will be very large.
When Vessels are sent to us so late in the season, as is done from Belfast,
it will be a great chance if they dont mis a freight. I assure you we can
have them loaded, if it is IO be done here,
I would advise your Lodging orders in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and
Hamburgh to ship Eight Chests of Bohea Tea Cased in every Vessel that
takes Freight to Rhode Isleand to address of Mr. Andrew Hunter Merchant
there. [As] I look upon it, the trade can be carried on safely there, and
we can wait our time to bring it from that here or to Philadelphia.
I request you to make one sure House in London and no more. You'l
find it for Our Interest in the end. It must be our own merits and not Mr.
Portises- recommendations that will raise us Bussiness. We have orders
from all the best People in Newry without their help, and I must [insist]
upon it that you never ask a favour of such People. It makes our House
be of less consequence then it ought.
You must alter our House in Hamburg, William Burrows, tho a good
man, wont do for us. He dis all the Business of this place, which puts it
out of his power to be of service to us.
I have now the pleasure to inform you of the safe arrivel of the Johnson
this afternoon. Her Cargoe will answer well. Haliday & Dunbar wants
White to be concerned with us again in a Vessel. I have wrote them an
answer by this opportunity to the following purport, that We shall buy
the first Vessel we meet fit for the Liverpool trade [and] that we shall let no Person here be concerned in her. As we have all the trouble, we will
have all the Profitt and leave to their option to hold any part in her they
please, not to exceed a Half, but are to let you know the part they propoze
to hold on receipt of ours. I further inform them, if this Vessel is to be
got before the Johnson Sails, I shall keep Daniel for her, and if that should not happen, I shall have one for him again he comes here next Voyage. My next will cary orders for Insureance on the Johnson home. WC

per Capt. Cooper