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Robert Treat Paine Papers, Volume 2


To Richard Cranch

1 December 1758

From Benjamin Church

3 December 1758
To Eunice Paine
RTP Paine, Eunice
Fryday Decr. 1, 1758 Dear Eunice,

I am at last removed to Mrs. Elliots & begin to get settled.1 I wrote you from Braintree, wch. I suppose you recd. I have heard nothing from you wch. I much wonder at. I am now contriving abt. the horse to go to Taunton. I have some expectation of Freind Abel to go with me. If so he will be down on Saturday Night, & we shall set out on Monday, but if I can find that he will not come I shall set out on Saturday PM & go to Abington; therefore if you can send him on Saturday Morning so as to get here by Noon do. If not then so as to get here by Night, or if you cant be sure of such An Opportunity send him on fryday next. Order him to be left at Bracketts & notice to be given to me at my office next door to the Sun Tavern through the Alley with a letter.2 I hear Mr. Greenleaf has been gone to New York a fortnight yesterday. My paper is gone & I am yr. Brother &c.


P: S if you should not be able to send the horse be not anxious tho' I should choose it.

RC ; addressed: "To Miss Eunice Paine Weymouth"; endorsed.


RTP notes in his diary that he "removed to Mrs. Elliots" on Nov. 28. Elizabeth (Marshall) Eliot (d. 1767) was the widow of Samuel Eliot (1713–1745), publisher and bookseller. She possibly carried122on his business in Cornhill until moving it in 1746 to the "South-End near the Great-Trees" (Benjamin Franklin V, ed., Boston Printers, Publishers, and Booksellers: 1640–1800 [Boston, 1980], 151–154).


Anthony Brackett kept the famous tavern, Cromwell's Head, in School Street. Joshua Brackett (1738–1794) succeeded as innkeeper in 1768. RTP probably means the Sun Tavern kept by Capt. James Day in Cornhill, now Washington Street (Drake, Old Boston Taverns and Tavern Clubs, 19).