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Lincoln writes to Lyle about the fortunes of Sloop Polly and the price of wheat, and he also indicates an intention to travel to meet Lyle and pay any balance owed him. Boston, 1785.


Boston March 3 1785 Dear Sir It was a few days since honourd with the receipt of your favour of 22d Jany last, I read it with a mixture of Pleasure & Pain; Pleasure to know that the Sloop Polly had arrived, but sorry to learn that the ? heat was one sixth part at the least higher than I expected it woud be from accounts received before & after the sailing of the vessell. From this is to be ascribed the cause of the remittances falling short of the value of a full Cargo of Wheat ~ what advances you have made or shall make an equal compensation shall be made you: one the belief of of my readings to do this I hope that the vessell has not been detain’d or suffer’d to put to sea with part of a Cargo, my expectation I trust will not appear unresonable to you, they wou’d not be consider’d unreasonable here, for it is the every days practice here, for agents under similar circumstances to be in advance ~ If the travelling shall premitt me soon to Commence my intended journey for your State. I hope to see you some time in April, when I will settle the Ballance with you or will Honor your Bills shou’d you think proper to draw on one before. I have the Honor to be Dr. Sir Your Humble Sert. B. Lincoln

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Benjamin Lincoln, William Lyle, 1785, trade, ships, shipping, wheat, Sloop Polly

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Letter to William Lyle from Benjamin Lincoln regarding business matters and Lincoln's plans to travel, 1785.



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