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[p. 29] 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 your disposition to consult the interest of your friends has led me althoa a stranger to you in dealings to advise my Father to give you a preference to any person I know, or who has been recommended to me in London, to place this adventure under your care—being persuaded that more than ordinary pains are requisite to introduce a new article to a favorite market, & I have no doubt but that you will exert yourself to oblige me, by attracting the notice of the purchasers of Rum to this specimen which promises very fair to answer valuable purposes to the commercial world—This article bears a very high reputation in this Country & I hope will succeed so with you as to lead to future consignments.

I am with respect

Sir your Humble Servant


Medford near Boston 22d Decr 1798
Pursuant to the recommendation of my son I have consign'd to you the patent spirits specified in the inclos'd bill of Lading, & hope they will meet a good market—The neat proceeds you will plan to ship in Nails for Boston to my account, Two thirds of them to be ten penny & the other third four penny Nails

Your Humble Servant


If you can conveniently ship an Iron Kettle of about One Hundred or One Hundred & Twenty Gallons suitable for melting Tallow, & the residue in nails it would be very agreeable—

Yours


We are led to query whether the ten hogsheads of ‘patent spirits,’ which according to the letter was ‘Rum,’ that ‘bears a high reputation in this Country,’ was the first exported to England.

As ‘every thing depends on the first start,’ Mr. Hall doubtless did his best to make a favorable impression on ‘Johnny Bull’ and extend the trade.

The elder Hall's letter was short and to the point. The ‘neat proceeds’ are today net, though some old-timers still use the long e in speaking.

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