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Barron, William (d. 1803) to Christopher Champlain

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00190 Author/Creator: Barron, William (d. 1803) Place Written: Baltimore, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 April 1775 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 34.2 x 23.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Barron, apparently a merchant or ship captain in Baltimore, to Champlain a merchant in Newport, Rhode Island. Barron's writing is understandable, but filled with misspellings. References his own letter of 18 April 1775. Says he is loaded and expects to sail in five or six days. Says "we Recvid the disagreable news of the Battle Betwixt the Boston people and the Regler solder[s]," but does not mention battles of Concord or Lexington by name. Worries that recent developments will affect business. Hopes to hear from Champlain on what to do with the ship because he believes all the ports will be shut down soon. Hopes Champlain will not forget about his family during this ordeal and says "I hope this unhappy afair may be settled soon but I have no Resions to think that it will."

Full Transcript: 1775
Mr Chrstopher Champlain Baltimore April th 26
Sir Since my last to you of the 18 of this Mou[inserted: n]th I have to inform you that I am all most ...loaded and Expect to Sail in five or Six days time if Nothing disapoints us yesterday we Recvid the disagreable news of the Battle Betwixt the Boston people and the Regler [sic] Sol[diers] Which is set all the Country in arms and I wish that it maint hinder or Keep Back our Bussines but I am in hops it will not I acquanted you sir of my Entened Voyage from this by the Post but since this unhappy afair is happned god knows what will be the End of it I am gratly, Consarnd [struck: what I shall do] What I shall do with the ship since times is so much att[illegible]ad I am sorrew that I took this Voyag in hand at least for Consenting to go to aney Part of grat Briton but if thay should take it in their heads to stop all the traid to aney part of the world Except grat Brition and the Westendis I still may be as well of in this Voyage as in aney other I never do aneey thing with out Consulting with sum friend consarning the Voyage for the ship I Could wish with all my hart I Could have the Pleasuar of seeing you if it was but half a hower or to have a letter from you with your advice what I shall do with the ship for I Expect that all the Ports will be shut up in a Verry short time I shall do Everry thing that is in my Power for your Intrest but I hardly Know when I am doing Right or Rough nor it is not in the Power of aney Gentleman in this Place to tell [inserted: me] otherwise I hope sir youl not let my Pore family want for aney thing that you have to spare if thay shoull want it and I hop this unhappy afair may be setled soon but I have no Resions to think that it will, yesterday the People sent an expreess down to Annaples to Remove all the guns and Powder to Baltimore I herd no offer for the ship in lisbon, that wod do and sir I nothing more to Acquant you of at Present I am Verry much drove to get the ship away by the freighters

I am Sir your Verry humble Sart

William Barron

[address leaf]
Mr Christopher Champlain
Merchant in
Newport Rhode Island
Pr favor of Capt Chase}

[docket] William Barron
Baltimore 26th April
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People: Barron, William, fl. 1775
Champlain, Christopher, fl. 1775

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Lexington and ConcordRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyMaritimeMerchants and Trade

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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