Letter to Captain George Buckmaster, Orders Re: Brig. Cicero, 1768

Senders appear to be a group of fellow owners of the Brig. Cicero, AL, Newport, 28 Dec. 1768, 1p (7.25 x 14.5 in.). To Captain George Buckmaster (1720-1791). The co-owners order the captain to "...proceed directly to Georgia, and their [sic] dispose of your Cargo and also your Vesil [sic], if you can obtain anything near her value, or we had rather part with her for 300 pounds rather than take the chance of a loosing voyage to the West Indies....You are not limited to any particular Port, nor confined to the Place from whence you are to return to this place... only observe this Rule, not to indanger the Vesil and Cargo..."

It would appear that Buckmaster had an earlier problem. In a letter from Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin dated 10 June 1758, Franklin writes: "Cousin Buckmaster has suffered much, and had a narrow Escape. I am concerned for his double Misfortune. A Ship and a Mistress are too much to lose at once...." Buckmaster's first wife was Abiah Franklin (presumably a niece or cousin of Franklin's. His mother was Abiah, which likely was a family name. He had about 16 siblings, one of whom surely named their offspring for their mother!)


Browning around edges, overall a bit toned. Old folds as expected.

Estimate: $200 - $400


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