days of postal facilities and modern stationery the old style of letter sealing (he can recall) is a lost art. After the younger Hall's return a consignment was made to the London Man of good Character, and copy made of the letter sent in relation thereto.
This was not by copying ink and press, but by writing a duplicate.
Boston 22d Decr 1798
Inclosed you have bill of Lading & Invoice for Ten Hogsheads of patent spirits which is shipped on board the Ship Galen, Captain John Mackay to your address—This small consignment is intended as an experiment—the article will suit your market, should it succeed, the business may be extended so as to render it an object worthy your attention—
The Rum is distilled after an improv'd manner, for which I have obtained a patent in the United States, & for which I took measures when I had the pleasure of seeing you last year in London, to obtain His Majesty's patent also—Your reputation, and the high opinion I entertain of