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. See Edward Crosby to “Capt. William Spry Commanding Engineer at Halifax,” 16 July
Microcopy 162, Case 30, No. 36:
“This is chiefly to beg leave to recommend to your notice my friend Mr. Bourne, who
you may recollect din'd with us at Melatiah Bourne's in Boston. Soon after the present
Contest in America he made his Escape to this country. He now proposes going out to
Halifax in the first arm'd vessel that is sent out with Stores, and with the flattering
hope of the Rebellion in America being finally settled this Season, and to be thereby
enabled to join his family in New-England. If not, to remain at Halifax till that
event takes place. He has loaded a Brigantine of his with the different kinds of Goods
suitable for the Halifax market, which sails with the first convoy. He will likewise
have a vessel or two, which he would gladly get into Government Service. If you can
be of service to him of yourself in recommending to your Acquaintance shall esteem
it a favor. Part of his cargo consists of Ben Keiston's best.
By the way, I am become as great a Porter drinker as any Jack Roastbeef I meet with.”
No. 44, fol. 305.