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Estate Letter From Joseph Martin To His Brother Samuel Martin f.36

Estate Letter From Joseph Martin To His Brother Samuel Martin f.36

Author: Martin, Josiah

Medium: Ink on Paper

Date: 1768

Shelfmark: Add. 41353

Item number: f.36

Length: 31.5

Width: 19.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This is a letter from Josiah Martin (1737-1786), to his brother Samuel (c.1695-1776). The Martin family, who were originally from Ireland, had emigrated to Antigua in the mid 17th century, and became one of the leading families on the island. This letter concerns the running of their sugar plantation and includes matters of business. An extract reads, ?Enclosed I send you bill of Loading and Invoices on the back thereof of twenty hhds of sugar shipped on board your vessel the Princessa, Captain Bowes also [sends] some seeds, a list of which is on a paper enclosed herein. I am sorry to tell you your crop this year had failed very much, occasioned by an over quantity of Rain which has made your canes so waterish that your quantity of sugar in the whole will be much diminished.?

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