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Title: Blake, John to Blake, Thomas, 1675
CollectionIrish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan. Letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America (1675-1815) [K.A. Miller et al.]
SenderBlake, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer, planter
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBridgetown, Barbados
DestinationGalway, Co. Galway, Ireland
RecipientBlake, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
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Word Count760
Genrefamily affairs, life in the colonies
TranscriptJohn Blake, Bridgetown, Barbados, to Thomas Blake, Galway, County Galway, 1 November 1675
Bridge in Barbados, 1st Nobr 1675.
Deare Brother
Yours of the 26th of Augst last I have on the 28th ultimo recd I am glad you recd the moneys mentioned in your sd9 letter; Seeing that yourselfe and nearest relations are against the sending hither of my sonne I doe willingly submitt to your better judgements wherefore let him remaine there of whom I most earnestly intreat you to be most carefull and to see him decently provided with all necessaries for which purpose I will not from time to time faile to remitt you moneys by the way of London. Mr Nicho. Lynod the schoole master at Mace hath written me that he would be very kind to him for which cause if you & my father in law will thinke it convenient let him remaine under his tuition; for whom is one of the incloseds to whom pay plentiefully what you will think fit, that he may be the more encouraged to take paines about the childe: the inclosed for my sd Father in law peruse and reseale I pray you, and deliver it if you can with your owne hands. I am very glad of my brother Nicho. and nephew Martin’s safe arrival: To my Father and mother I pray you remember me and my wife, whose blessings I most humbly crave; as likewise I pray you remember my kind love to Father Daniell. The wench come over along with my wife; I am most sensible what my brother Henry hath written me heretofore of her as likewise what you intimated p. your sd letter, to which I say that though I find her as yet most vitious lesse here perhaps deterred through the most severe correction I keepe her under yet because of s d bad reports I would not at all abide her under my roofe but I thereunto am as yet inevitably compelled by reason my wife being as I find her of a very weake constitution cannot discharge all herself; for washing starching making of drinke and keeping the house in good order is no small taske to undergoe here; if I would dismisse her another I must have which may prove tenne times worse than her; for untill a neger wench I have be brought to knowledge I cannot considering my present charge be without a white maid. I hope all will doe well for I have as much peace and tranquilitie in my house as any one in the world can desire for which the Lord of heaven be for ever praised. Trading groweth dayly here worse and worse, onely that provitions now and then, as now it is, <are> very scarce and deare; vizt beefe sold at 35s p. barr: and some new beefe lately come in at 40s p: barr: which prices I am sure will long continue because provitions doe now beginne to come in from New England and some few from Bermudos. If you could at any time send hither 10 or 20 barr: or more of good beefe and finding freight at a moderate rate you may expect thereby reasonable profit. The last Hurricane we had here which was on the last day of August last hath at least by a third part made this Island worse than it was, God Allmightie grant us patience. My wife remembered herselfe very kindly to you and to my sister your wife, and so doth, being all at present
Your most faithfull brother and servt John Blake.
I am exceeding glad to heare of my daughter’s improvement which I hope through the innocencie of her mother God Allmightie will dayly increase, to which purpose her father’s dayly prayers will not be wanting. I pray you remember my most humble service to your worthy brother Mr James Blake to whom I am most thankfull for his kind letters to myselfe and wife: his nephew Thomas the Lord be praised doth enjoy very well his health whereof I was most fearefull because of the thinnesse of his complection but he doth well as aforesd and doe not doubte under God but he will prove in time a sufficient man. I pray you likewise acquaint our cousin Francis Blake fitz Martin that I will send his letter to me to my brother Henry who I am sure will not willingly wrong him or anybody else, for his honest dealings are, the Lord be praised, well known to the world.