Ryan Lovett Letter to Kilham, 1805

Abraham Kilham was a ship captain from Beverly. Lovett writes Abraham, his brother-in-law, to tell him that he arrived in Batavia but the markets are bad and there is no coffee or sugar to be had. The vessel is about to leave for Calcutta.

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Batavia June 26th 1805 –

Dear Brother, 

            This will inform you of our arrival at this port but to very bad markets there being not a pound of Coffee or Sugar to be had at any price – we have been here 17 days & tomorrow we shall sail for Calcutta – the Cargo I brought out here I have sold for 30(?) on the Invoice – Respecting Insurance on my adventure I wish you to do as you think best – Remember me to all inquiring friends & tell them we are all in very good health –

From your Dear friend & Loving Brother 
Ryan Lovett

From Capt Ryan Lovett
Batavia June 26th 1805

Mr. Abraham Kilham


Ryan Lovett, Ryan Lovett to Abraham Kilham (June 26, 1805). Abraham Kilham Papers, 1787-1847. Historic Beverly, Beverly, MA.