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A Letter Directed to Mr. Jackson,

December 31. 1690.

fo all things relating to your Estate here, that I need not have troubled you at this time, but that I am desirous to lay hold of any Opportunity I think safe to aflure you of my Service, and that I will never quit your Interest whatever the rest of the Freeholders do: Your Adversary has been fo hard to his Neighbours, that he has extreamly disoblig'd all the Old Tenants, and a little matter would redeem the whole Estate. if you would appear in IVestminster-Hall your self, the best Council have a good Opinion of your Title, and will zealously pursue your Instructions : I only beg you would haften them to us, and that you will appear your self as soon as is pollible; no time should be loft, and the Cause may be brought to a final Hearing before the end of Easter Term, if it be well solicited. I heartily wish you a happy New Year, and I beg you to tell Mr. Charlton that I long to know wherein ! may serve him, and that I will follow his Directions to the utmost, while I live. God keep you and yours.

A Letter without Direction, Decem. 31.

THE Interraption of the former Corresponden

cy had a very ill Effect many ways, but for that Realon, no Opportunity ought now to be loft, and I hope this will prove a happy one.

In Trade, as well as in Government, Schemes must be laid, for there is no living from Hand to Mouth any more in Commerce than in the Politicks. Lay therefore your Designs probably, and pursue them diligently, and with Vigour, though it be a hazardous time, yet by venturing boldly, where venturing is adviseable, it often returns great Profit.



There is nothing more to be faid, but to give the Bearer fit and full Seasons to tell what he knows, both as to Goods fit for our Market, and when and where to be lent; the Sea will quickly grow so troublesome, that unless you dispatch what you intend for us, you will lose a great opportunity of advantage. I hope the Account he has to give of our Negotiations here, with the Merchants that deal with us, especially those that have lately brought us their Custom, will both encourage a larger Trade, and excite the utmost Diligence. I will say nothing of my self; It shall be enough that I can live in the good Opinion of one I bear to great a Reverence and Affection for ; but for this honest Factor, I must own I can hardly say enough, Truth and Boldness are excellent Qualities in a Servant, and he has shewn both, as Occasion has requir'd him to shew them.

I have but one word to add, and, pray, take it as the truest mark of unalterable Respect, chuse well, but have to do but with a few, for a multitude may give, but can never keep Counsel.

I shall with more Impatience than becomes me, wait the Result of this, and it will be a great mark of Goodness, to let us have the best and latest way.

Once more, let not the Season spend unprofitably, for a more likely one can hardly come than between this and the ift of March. Interpret this I pray, as no private Interest of my own, or partial motion of any other Persons. It is my Sense, my Duty, and my Friendship, which will not let me prevaricate, nor suffer those I Love and Honour to lose so happy and pressing an Occasion of advantage. With the best Wishes I close up this, and am,


A Letter without Direction, Decem. 31,

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any where upon the spot, to think that they know better than those that are not, what is fittest to be done in any Occurrence. This makes me

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fay, say, That now is the time to make large advantages by Trading; the Sea being freer than two Months past, or we can hope it will be two Months hence. This Gentleman is well instructed in our Markers, and what the Goods are we want, and when and where they shall be sent : It is most earnestly desir'd that this happy opportunity may not be loft, especially by the late Undertakers, and I would not for much, they should receive the least dilgust. They are somewhat positive in their Terms; but they also say, they will be good and constant Customers: and I have more than once feen the Míchief of over-rating and over-staying the Market. Opportunities are to be used, they carnot be given by Men.

The Bearer needs nothing from me to recommend him, but he is deserving in our Opinion here, and many will take their Measures by the usage he finds there ; and indeed the preiling Posture of our Trading Affairs will not permit more Experiments.

If the several Parcels arrive not, that have been promis'd, before the roth of March at furtheft, (efpecially the Copper and Linnen, of which the Bearer will be more particular) I am fatisfied we fail lose this Summer's profit

. I am the more pressing, because I am well assur'd of what I write, and if ever I judged right, it is upon this Occasion.

I have said nothing of another Gentleman that takes this Opportunity to see those parts, but he has shewn a zeal and a sincerity in this Affair equal to most, 70. is not yet gone, by a Misfortune, but he will follow with a good Postscript in this ar fair. Of my self I wili fay nothing, I hope I need not, for no body without Vanity can be more fincerely and affectionately a Friend and Servant to the Company than my felf. I writ at large Yesterday, and cannot write what the Hand that gives this can fay; and therefore will write no more, but that with the greatest Respect, I am, &c.


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A Letter without Direction.



Vow to you, I do not repine at having lost all

for your fake which I got by your Favour, but it grieves me extreamly that there is not that left which can secure me from being troublesome to you; for that is the thing in the World I would not be. I have told my Lord my Condition. What I desire of you he thinks very Moderate, I hope you will. Pray, Sir, be not backward in settling my little Affair, for I have deserv'd your Care. Your Daughter and I must starve, if this Govern. ment can make us. I hope our Interests are not divided, that is, you have an equal Tenderness at least for both. If you think fit to speak what I would have you to this Bearer, he will give me a just account of it. You know he is oblig'd to be my Friend, and I believe him grateful, since he ventures fo boldly for you. He brings with him some merry Papers. Adieu, for I dare write no more; but pray send a Messenger on purpose to me, that I may know exactly what you will do, and would have me do. If you send upon no other Buliness there will be no danger. Pray, Sir, ask my Lord, and he will tell you how I have been used, and upupon what Account; I believe you know it not. Decem. the 29th. Your Daughter is very well, very tall, and very pretty as I am told.


A Letter without Direction, Decem. 31.

WAS my Condition more desperate and un

easie than it is, I desire no greater satisfaction than to have done my Duty to so good a Master, I wilh it was of more use to him; that is not my fault, nor of those I have acted with : Let it be look'd into what has been foretold both as to England, Scotland, and Ireland, and see if most of it is not come to pass already, and the rest will fol. low if not prevented. I wish it may also be con.


Gider'd what usage we have met with from Men imploy'd, and how they left your Business and Friends ; how they manag‘d it, you will know from all Hands; Things they could not do, nor durft not undertake were better undone, than not done by them. Men in this Place, and in these Times, muit have fome Courage as well as Sence to do any thing with the People here. It is not my own ill usage makes me say this, but my concern for one I with the best in the World, and will give my proofs of this upon all Occasions. I need not enlarge, Gnce all our Grievances are known to him that brings this. For my own part I will stay here, so long as I can be safe, if with ne're so great trouble; but it would be some Comfort to know Men (when driven from hence) may be so; therefore the Reports ofthe People's usage are terrible; as well as of the indiscretion of St. Germ. Family, we feel the smart of it by ridiculous Letters falling daily into the Hands of the Government. Their Master and Mistress are little oblig'd by it no more than we: If there is any thing, Sir, you do particularly command me, or depend upon me for, let me know it. I cannot undertake much, nor furnish more. I have still helped every Body, and paid to every thing I could; and if a Twelve Month ago my Condition was what I then represented, you best know it it has been mended. Use, and confidering that of others, makes me grow more contented ; and if the prospect of Misery to us all was any satisfaction, that is now plainly seen.

Pray God bless us all, by restoring every Man his own, and you with long Life.

He that gives you this, hath furnish'd for your use to me, &c. Two Hundred Pounds, which I desire may be repaid.

I only beg Madam, no ill malacious Report may take any place in your Thoughts, in regard to me. I value your good Opinion, and will endeavour to deserve it. I can do little towards, but wish most heartily for your Happiness. I know no Interest, Madam, but my Master's and yours, nor do I think they are to be made two: If you


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