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Mason, Benjamin

Nicholas Brown & Co. to Mason, Benjamin; December 12, 1769

Letter, dated December 12, 1769, from Nicholas Brown and Company to Benjamin Mason, merchant in Newport. The letter, probably written by Nicholas Brown, informs Mason of John Brown's intention to launch a "Vessel bound for Guinny" in a few weeks time, and asks for help in locating 2,000 gallons of rum to complete the ship's cargo. It also asks Mason "to Recommend the Gentlemen in the West Indies who Sold your Last Cargo of Slaves," in hopes that the captain of John's vessel might also use his services.

Nicholas Brown & Co. to Mason, Benjamin; June 17, 1765

Letter, dated June 17, 1765, from Nicholas Brown and Company to Benjamin Mason, a merchant in Newport. The Brown had recently received reports that Esek Hopkins had lost all but one of his hands on the African coast; the reports apparently originated with a Captain Morris, who had just returned to Newport from Africa. In this letter, the Browns ask Mason to seek out Morris and to gather information about "when Captain H. was last seen or heard from + all the finer [details] of his Voyage." A month later, the Browns received a letter from Hopkins contradicting the reports.

Nicholas Brown & Co. to Mason, Benjamin; November 24, 1765

Letter from Nicholas Brown and Company to Benjamin Mason, merchant in Newport, dated August 23, 1765, discussing payments on an additional insurance policy that the brothers had taken out on "Captain Esek Hopkins's adventure."

Nicholas Brown & Co. to Mason, Benjamin; November 24, 1765

Letter, dated November 24, 1765, from Nicholas Brown and Company to Benjamin Mason, merchant in Newport, discussing various business arrangements. Near the end of the letter, the Browns refer to the "Disagreeable Nuse from Capt. E. Hopkins," who had reported from the West Indies with news of the Sally's disastrous return voyage. The letter also refers to a legal judgment that the Browns had recently received "against our Philad[elphia] underwriters for the original sum with Int[erest] and very large Costs." It is unclear whether this refers to insurance payments on the Sally or some other venture.