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Title: O'Kelly, John to Champlin, Christopher, 1773
CollectionIrish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan. Letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America (1675-1815) [K.A. Miller et al.]
SenderO'Kelly, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationshopkeeper
Sender Religionunknown
OriginWarren, Rhode Island, USA
DestinationNewport, Rhode Island, USA
RecipientChamplin, Christopher
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipclient - owner
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TranscriptJohn O’Kelly, Warren, Rhode Island, to Christopher Champlin, Newport, Rhode Island, 20 October 1773

Mr Sir. Christophor Champlin } Warren Octobr, ye .20th -1773
Since I have Seen you, I bought Casks of flaxseed, Which I am to pay for this week, or Else it will be sold To Providence People, Whom plauges me aboute Getting Away what they Can from me, as I am Confident they will Give 7 Shillings Bushel for it, before Newport Men will have it, as they are Collecting for Newyork. You told me you would Give me but Dollar a Bushel for Seed deliverd in Newport, and freight, which is athing I cant Get it for, all to about 10 Casks I have in my own Store, Which Belongs to you, in Regard of the Ballence Due on Book Acctt: and my ordr . of forty Dollars in feavr of Kinnicutt, but however, if you doant think Ile Run Away to Ireland, or Else, I ant Worth 100 Dollars, Send them to me, by Capt Shearman, with a Box of Glass six by Eight which I shall Discount the Whole with you As Soon As I can Get my flaxseed Together—&c &c I doant think I shall draw one Copper more on you, Until you have Vallue Rec. d of the Above Sums mentioned,—
Sir I am Due Respect yr. most humble Servt
John O:Kelly
N.B. Doant Stress yr . self as I know perhaps, you will be Very Loath To trust an Irish man with the Above; if you think you Cant Conveniently do it, without hard thoughts—