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1764-09-12

Brown, Nicholas to John, Joseph and Moses Brown; September 12, 1764
Letter from Nicholas Brown to his brothers, John, Joseph, and Moses, September 12, 1764, discussing various trading ventures, including the voyage of the Sally, which had sailed from Newport a day or two before. In the letter, Nicholas proposed planting a story in the local press about the depressed "state of the Rum Trade upon the Coast of Ginea" in hopes of discouraging other Rhode Island merchants from dispatching ships for Africa. If the ruse was tried, it did not work: more than two dozen Rhode Island ships cleared for West Africa in 1764.
Receipt for a copper pump; September 12, 1764
This document is a receipt for a copper pump purchased by the Browns from a local businessman, Jos. Belcher, for use on the Sally during its transatlantic voyage, September 12, 1764.
Receipt for a large iron pot; September 12, 1764
This document is a receipt for a large iron pot purchased by the Browns from Jn. Vinable of Newport, September 12, 1764. Such pots were often used on slave ships to prepare the gruel that was fed to the captives confined below deck.