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t in the West Indies in 1793. Beside being a ship-owner, he was interested in other marine affairs. He assisted in fitting out privateers during the Revolution. In 1784 Mr. Hall said, When the war began I would not have exchanged property with any man in the country, but now I am worth nothing. His landed property remained, and when the war was over it furnished his capital as he manfully set to work to repair his fortunes. Mrs. Hall died in 1790. In 1791 Mr. Hall married widow Mary Green, of Boston. The marriage contract made between them and Joseph Barrel, Esq., of Boston, of the third part, is very quaint. It provides that In consideration of five shillings to the said Benjamin paid by the said Joseph the receipt whereof the said Benjamin doth hereby acknowledge, he the said Benjamin doth hereby grant, bargain sell convey and confirm unto the said Joseph the mansion house of the said Benjamin with the land, garden and buildings thereunto belonging all situate and