Abraham Kilham was a ship captain from Beverly. Pearson writes to Kilham to tell him of the purchases he has made on his behalf.
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I here send you an account of the sales of your Tea & also of what I have invested on your account, with the proceeds. Amt. Sales of Four Chests of Hyson Tea to George C. Smith, W[illia]m Funchal on (?) of A. Kilham
Four Chests of Hyson Tea weighs 253 lbs(?) @ $1.00 cts. $253.00
Invoice of wines shipped on the Brig Pilgrim, Char[les] Pearson
Master, bound to Brazils & India, on [?] and risqué of Abraham Kilham [?] Beverly, North America & cosigned to Char[les] Pearson for Sales & returns.
One Pipe of L.P.M.(?) ₤ (???) pipe ₤54.00
One Qua. Cask (???) ₤ 54. for pipe 13.10.0
5/10 for Dol[lar] Mer[chandise?] in Dollars 243.04
The Balance will be accounted for…
You will doubly be surprised at seeing a letter form Maderia so late as this date; God knows I am sick of staying here, but the gross & almost unprecedented delay except in this place/of my merchant is the only reason that I am here expect to sail on Saturday for the Brazils. I was blown out of the roads last week, with eight or ten sail; the Pilgrimas is usual, shew her excellent qualities, as to sailing (???) and returned a day before any, & five days before most of them. This is an infamous place for a vessel to lay as even I saw. Make my respects to your wife and Capt. Whitney & wife & to all friends.
Your friend and noble s[ervant],
W[illia]m Abraham Kilham Char[les] Pearson
Charles Pearson, Charles Pearson to W. Abraham Kilham (October 14, 1810). Abraham Kilham Papers, 1787-1847. Historic Beverly, Beverly, MA.
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