“We have your favors of the 3d and 27th inst. In respect to your Brig Lusanna, she
is but just clear of the Channel. When she was upon the point of clearing out at the
Custom House it was discoverd that the person who supplyd the Office of Ordnance with
the Timber had made a mistake in the Entry, in consequence of which all the Fir was
taken out and relanded, the Commissioners of the Customs insisting it should not go
in the Vessel. Many applications were made to fill up with other Timber but refused.
At length we had a meeting with the Shipper, who after much altercation agreed to
pay full freight for the Goods taken out and also 66 £ for Demurrage. The Board of
Ordnance insisted the Vessell should go forward with what was left on board, and finding
we could not make the Board or the Shippers of the Wood answerable for any Loss or
disappointment in regard to her homeward bound freight, we thought it for your Interest
that we should accept the offer made us and let Capt. Wood go about his Business.
Indeed, we think it luckey for the concern'd that he did not go sooner, as Six Vessells
have been taken by a Provincial Privateer, and as we find our Men of War are now cruizing,
apprehend there will not be so much risque by the Time your Vessell gets to Gibraltar
as there was a month or six weeks ago. We have supplied Capt. Wood with Letters to
our Friends at Malaga and Barcelona, at one of which places hope she will get a freight.”
No. 44, fol. 311.