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[p. 68] this matter by letters from the London company directed to the authorities here. In one they say: ‘We have sent six shipwrights of whom Robert Moulton is chief. These men's entertainment is very chargeable to us, and by agreement is to be borne two-thirds at the charge of the general company, and the other one-third by Mr. Cradock, our Governor, and his associates interested in a private stock. Our Governor, Mr. Cradock, hath entertained [paid the expenses of] two gardeners, one of which he is content the Company shall have use of, if need be.’

In a second letter we find the following:

The cattle now and formerly sent have been all provided by the Governor, Mr. Cradock, except the three mares that came out of Leicestershire.

The provisions for building of ships, as pitch, tar, rosin, oakum, old ropes for oakum, cordage and sailcloth in all these ships, with nine firkins and five half barrels of nails in the “Two Sisters ” are two-thirds for the Company in general, and one third to the Governor, Mr. Cradock, and his partners; as is also the Charge of one George Farr, now sent over to the six shipwrights formerly sent.

They further say: ‘William Ryall and Thomas Bude, carpenters and cleavers of timber, are entertained by us in halves with Mr. Cradock, our Governor.’

In 1630 Mr. Cradock provides a man, Richard Waterman, ‘whose chief employment will be to get you good venison.’

Earlier, in 1629, the company had sent over a seine, salt, lines, hooks, knives, boots, etc., for the fishermen.

It is pretty evident from these and other records that the plans of Mr. Cradock embraced the planting of fishing stations along this portion of the coast of Massachusetts, and it would appear that he made Medford the headquarters of his business; although he had establishments at Marblehead and in the vicinity of the Merrimac, and perhaps elsewhere.

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