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find record of privateers, but a little document has been saved which is probably the last of several of the same kind.
I will read it, supplying the words which the ragged edges have lost:
Salem, July 29, 1782.—These may certify that I, John Savage, Commander of the galley Willing Maid, now in Salem, bound on a cruise against the enemies of the country for six weeks, have sold to Benjamin Hall of Medford, three quarters of one full share of all prizes, goods, naval or merchandise taken by said galley during said cruise, for the sum of twelve pounds now in hand to me paid by the said Benjamin Hall, the receipt whereof I hereby acknowledge, as witness my hand and seal, in guarantee. John Savage.
Witnesses, Jonathan Webb and Ephraim Hall.
Benjamin Hall was, like other men of means in his day, interested in underwriting, and assumed risks individually, as there were no marine insurance companies.
Losses were frequent during the war, and the premiums were fabulous,—the u