Your Friend & H'ble Servt Fras Minot
P. S. As Loaf Sugar always sells better to Windward than to Leeward, should be glad You would sell mine as You go down the Coast—the barrells may be easily come at between Decks.
The Medford historian (Brooks) said (on p. 436) The gentlemen of Medford have always disclaimed any participation in the slave trade, and, evidently doubtful of the same, makes a half-page quotation from a letter of instruction to a slaver's captain on January 14, 1759.
That identical letter is the first of the twenty-two above mentioned and which cover a period of ten years. Steel pens, copying presses and typewriters were no part of office furniture of those days, and the water marks in the durable unruled paper showing the royal crown, with G. R. beneath, are suggestive of the Stamp Act.
The peculiar product of Medford formed the principal part of the cargo and was the medium of exchange on the African coast.
The voyages were usually triangul