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A Package of old letters.

Extracts from letters written by Simon Tufts1 to Benjamin Hall, Jr.2

Omeidpore in BENGAL3 8th December 1789.
dear brother.
As three years have nearly expir'd since I receiv'd any account of You or family, perhaps it may be agreable to you to hear of what part of the E. Indies I have made my residence in. ... My station is about 18 miles from Calcutta, at a Village, about 5 or 6 miles of which I have at present the sole Charge. 'Tis only the Rum and Indigo that I have to see manag'd. . . . I am allowed as many servants as I chuse. One I must have night and day about me according to the Custom of the East, and some days, ten in and about the house. I do not like it but to preserve respect it must be done. For nine months the heat and musquitoes are very bad—Besides Tygers, Leopards, Jackalls without number—and other beasts are around the place but do not attack grown people often....

Omeidpore 20th Augt 1792.
My last to you was dated 15th July and it is now a Year since I wrote you. . . . I have little to add except remarking that your letters by American Vessels seldom come to hand but after a long time. ... The business in sending Sugar home to Europe to foreign parts and vessels is wink'd at . . . for you must know everything in this Country is done by interest. . . . I sometimes indulge hopes of seeing either Europe or your country, for the luxury of the East, thoa great do not compensate for the want of health and society, and for months I see nothing but black and do not hear a syllable of English.

1 Son of Dr. Simon Tufts, Jr., and Lucy, daughter of Gov. Joseph Dudley, born April 7, 1750. Left home about 1775 to seek his fortune in the East.

2 Son of Benjamin Hall and Hepzibah (Jones), born in Medford, Aug. 9, 1754; died Sept. 19, 1807; married Lucy, sister of Simon Tufts, 1777.

3 This letter is addressed to ‘Mr. Benjamin Hall jun'r Medford near Boston, New England. To be left at the N. Engl'd Coffee house—and forwarded.’

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