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[p. 28] carrying of letters. The French spoliation claims are foreshadowed, also something of international diplomacy, but the Medford business is the chief subject. It will be news to present Medfordites that ‘her spirit’ was patented in England. Evidently the English distillers looked with little favor on the Yankee craftsman, who took some of their assertions with a grain of salt.

The lettered plan of John Falconer Atlee's patent worm, which the younger Hall sent home, is not among the papers, but its printed description covers two small pages. The letter itself was written on three pages of 7 1/4 × 9 inch white paper, the fourth page of the sheet being left for the addressing. This was first folded across the top and bottom of the page, then on each edge, and the closed edge inserted within the open, and secured with red sealing wax impressed with some design. It then formed a packet 3 1/4 × 5 inches and bore the bold, legible address,


The writer has been thus minute, because in these 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
Dear Sir—

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

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