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Robert Treat Paine Papers, Volume 2

From Joseph Greenleaf
Greenleaf, Joseph RTP
Boston July 27. 1774 Sr.,

I recd. yr. favr. of 25th Currt. & according to your desire, have been to every Vendue-house in town to enquire after a bed but cannot get Such an one as I think will do for you.


Mr. Russell1 expects to have several next wednesday. If I can get one before I will.

You Say nothing about pillows, nor how I am to convey the bed to you.

We are pritty well, Polly is just gone to Germantown for a week, yr. Sister will write to Nabby & Sister Eunice, my love to them both, not forgeting Sister Paine & the little tribe. I am yr. friend & brother


RC ; addressed: "For Robt. Treat Paine Esq. In Taunton favr. Collo. Leonard"; endorsed.


Joseph Russell was an auctioneer in Boston, later in collaboration with Samuel Clapp (NEHGR 140[1986]: 243).

From Joseph Greenleaf
Greenleaf, Joseph RTP
Boston Augt. 4, 1774 Dear Sr.,

Mr. Brackett informs me that Capt. Cobb will go out of Town in about one hour. I have not seen him to inquire about a team, & Mr. Brackett cannot inform me, but as soon as I have finish'd this letter, I will make further inquiry.

I attended the vendue at Bickners,1 as I proposed, The beds Sold for 18/6 OT pr. lb. (the best of them). The others wd. not do for you. I have however met wth. a very good one at private Sale, feathers not quite new, in a good new tick, at the very low price of 10/9 per lb. I hope it will give Sister Satisfaction, for the women was to Judge of the goodness of beds.

It will not be ready to Send before noon tomorrow. I believe I must buy a coarse wrapper to pack it in, otherwise it may be disobliged, the wgt. of the bed bolster will be abt. 66 lb. tis not yet weighed. I have but Just room to write


RC ; addressed: "For Robt. T: Paine Esqr. Taunton per favr. Esq. Cobb"; endorsed.


Bickner's Auction-Room advertized "Cheap Goods" by wholesale and retail in the Boston Evening-Post on Aug. 1.